Wednesday, 26 June 2013 18:16

Record Number of Collision School Programs Applied for $50,000 Makeover Grant

With a record number of collision school programs applying for a $50,000 Makeover Grant through the Collision Repair Education Program, industry members are being asked to consider 'adopting' local applicants and helping to fulfill the school's collision wish list.

126 collision school programs from 36 states applied for the Collision Repair Education Foundation's 2013 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant in hopes that they will have their $50,000 wish list of needed collision program tools, equipment, and supplies fulfilled.

An average of 70 schools had applied for the Makeover grant the previous two years and this record amount displays collision school instructors growing need of support in order to provide the best technical education possible and better prepare students for entry-level employment, the eduction foundation said. The winning schools will be announced this fall. However industry members are asked to consider getting involved with their local Makeover applicant schools and the Collision Repair Education Foundation is accepting monetary contributions the can be directed towards fulfilling portions of the local school's submitted wish list.

To find out which local schools applied for the grant in your area, contact Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244 or by email at brandon.eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or visit www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org.

Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Clark Plucinski said, "I would like to thank and congratulate these Makeover applicant schools for taking the time to complete the application. Having each school's itemized $50,000 wish list, the Education Foundation will not only support the two 2013 Makeover winners but will also be aggressively working towards assisting the other 2013 applicant schools by distributing their wish lists of needed tools, equipment, and supplies to industry companies and asking for those items to be donated. I would also invite and encourage industry members to contact the Education Foundation if they are interested in connecting with a local applicant school and start taking an active role in their collision program."

Industry organizations wishing to direct a monetary support to any of these collision programs and help fulfill portions of their $50,000 wish lists should contact Education Foundation Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244. To learn more about the Education Foundation and our nationwide efforts to support collision instructors and the future professionals of the collision industry can visit www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org.