On July 11, the St. Louis I-CAR Committee gathered to discuss the group’s goals and their upcoming job fair.
According to Committee Chair Shelly Jones, “Regarding the goals, we are over halfway there. With upcoming events planned, we anticipate reaching Gold Status again this year.”
Gene Slattery, committee education coordinator, shared information about the upcoming job fair with the group. The Gateway Automotive and Collision Job Fair is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Gateway Motorsport Park in Madison, IL.
The St. Louis I-CAR Committee anticipates the attendance of 750 automotive and collision repair high school and college students; however, due to this year’s partnership with the National Hot Rod Association / Youth and Education Services (NHRA/Y.E.S), 1,000 students in STEM programs will also be invited. The Committee believes, “With this kind of turnout, you are sure to find a great student that you will want to hire or keep in your files for future employment.”
The annual job fair benefits the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF). In 2018, over $33,000 was raised during the event and split between the participating collision schools to buy supplies, tools and equipment. Slattery shared, “Our event is always the talk of the entire Gateway/NHRA race on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. NHRA industry people told us that the I-CAR Job Fair was the best thing they had seen for the industry. They were all impressed by the automotive and collision repair students walking through the pits, wearing I-CAR T-shirts and the professionalism they showed handing out resumes.”
The St. Louis I-CAR Committee will provide snacks, water and lunches for all participants, and NHRA is funding student tickets and backpacks. Multiple sponsorship levels are available; but, although sponsors can sign up any time before the event, registration must be made by Aug. 1 to be included in the student guide. Information and registration for sponsors is available at icarstlouis.weebly.com.