Tuesday, 18 January 2022 15:27

Nationwide Supports Ohio Collision Repair School Through CREF

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Nationwide partnered with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) to fund a $5,000 Benchmark Grant, designed to help underfunded collision education programs elevate the caliber of training offered to ensure graduates are prepared to successfully begin their careers in the industry.

“Nationwide continues to be honored with the opportunity to support the development of tomorrow’s repair professionals,” said Scott Dunfee, Nationwide’s associate vice president of personal lines technical claims. “Considering the rapid advancement of vehicle technology and the current labor shortage, the availability of highly trained technicians has never been more important than today.”


Nationwide awarded its $5,000 Benchmark Grant to Fort Hayes Career Center in Columbus, OH.


The Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark Grants recognize schools that excel at educating students in collision repair, but due to strained school budgets, the programs require additional financial assistance.

Recipient schools use these funds to provide the tools, equipment and supplies necessary to enhance their students’ learning experience and elevate the caliber of their graduates, ensuring that graduates are prepared to successfully enter the workforce upon graduation.


Applications for the 2022 Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark Grants will be available online in January.


Industry members interested in getting involved and supporting CREF's efforts to assist secondary and post-secondary collision repair training programs should contact Brandon Eckenrode, managing director, at 312-231-0258 or Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org.


Monetary donations can be made online.


Source: CREF


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