Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00

CREF Seeks Industry Members to Enhance the Professional Appearance of 45 Collision Schools

Industry companies are being asked to adopt a local collision school program and sponsor the purchase of new epoxy floor coating through the Collision Repair Education Foundation.


As many collision school program floors have not been worked on since they opened, and instructors face limited program funding to begin with, a newly epoxied floor would provide a professional appearance for visiting school administration, parents, and prospective students.

The following collision programs are grant applicants for the 2014 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover. If provided the epoxy floor coating, students and faculty have committed to preparing the floors and applying the coating themselves:

  • Marshall Tech School (Guntersville, AL)
  • East Valley Institute of Technology (Mesa, AZ)
  • Eden Area ROP (Hayward, CA)
  • Norwalk High School (Norwalk, CA)
  • Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (San Jose, CA)
  • Livermore High School (Livermore, CA)
  • Warren Tech (Lakewood, CO)
  • Manatee Technical Institute (Bradenton, FL)
  • Lake Technical College (Eustis, FL)
  • Dennis Tech Ed Center (Boise, ID)
  • Kennedy King College (Chicago, IL)
  • Kaskaskia College (Centralia, IL)
  • Walker Career Center (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School (Fitchburg)
  • Medford Vocational Technical High School (Medford, MA)
  • Assabet Valley Technical High School (Marlboro, MA)
  • Saginaw Career Complex (Saginaw, MI)
  • Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Lake Career & Tech Center (Camdenton, MO)
  • Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  • South Piedmont Community College (Polkton, NC)
  • Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington, NC)
  • Blue Ridge Community College (Flat Rock, NC)
  • Central Academy of Technology Arts (Monroe, NC)
  • Cataraugus Allegany BOCES Center (Ellicottville, NY)
  • Erie Community College South (Orchard Park, NY)
  • Butler Tech D. Russel Lee Campus (Hamilton, OH)
  • West Side Career & Technology Center (Pringle, PA)
  • Forbes Road CTC (Monroeville, PA)
  • Steel Center AVTS (Jefferson, PA)
  • North Montco Technical Career Center (Lansdale, PA)
  • Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (Willow Grove, PA)
  • Academy for Careers & Technology (Mullins, SC)
  • Greenville Technical College (Greenville, SC)
  • R.D. Anderson Applied Technology Center (Moore, SC)
  • Birchwood High School/ DJJ (Columbia, SC)
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Livingston (Livingston, TN)
  • Texas State Technical College (Waco, TX)
  • Duncanville High School (Duncanville, TX)
  • Southwest Tech (Fennimore, WI)
  • Fox Valley Technical College (Appleton, WI)
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (Rice Lake, WI)
  • Tucker Co High School Career Complex (Hambleton, WV)

Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode noted, “The industry is in demand of highly motivated and skilled entry-level employees. To attract this level of student, we have an opportunity and an obligation to assist the high school and college collision school programs to ensure they look like professional learning environments. The ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of the schools that we have already with new flooring showcase how this type of project provides a ‘foundation of professionalism’. I invite the industry to join us in helping even more schools.”

Industry members who are interested in ‘adopting’ one of the listed collision school programs and learning more on the sponsorship amounts for each school should contact Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or 847-463-5244 for additional information.

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