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Monday, 10 April 2017 23:08

News From Collision Repair Education Foundation

Collision Students' Tuition Debt Erased through CREF's Lon Baudoux Legacy Scholarship Fund


Destiny Potter, a 2016 Lon Baudoux Legacy $2,000 Scholarship recipient, attended the recent I-CAR Volunteer & Instructor Conference in San Diego to highlight how significantly financial support has assisted in her technical education.

At the end of her presentation, Potter was surprised with the announcement that to recognize her continued efforts in gaining part-time industry employment while finishing her remaining year at Lincoln College of Technology in Indianapolis, her 2017 student debt would be “erased” through the Baudoux Legacy fund. In total, over $10,000 in student debt will be paid for Potter, who is on track to graduate from Lincoln Tech this October.


Potter, currently employed part-time with ABRA Auto Body & Glass, noted, “Being on stage in front of hundreds of people and to talk about the Lon Baudox Scholarship I won in 2016 was tremendous enough. But then for the Collision Repair Education Foundation to announce that they were paying my tuition just left me incredibly speechless. This means ‘no debt’ and ‘no stress.’ On a personal note, this also means that I am noticed, I am supported, and I am believed in. Who knew that something like this would happen to me?"


“It’s incredible to see the real impact of the foundation in the lives of individual students,” said Peterson Santos, regional vice president at ABRA Auto Body & Glass. “We are honored to have Ms. Potter on our team and are especially grateful for the mentorship ABRA team member Rebecca Stultz has provided her throughout her journey. Ms. Potter’s future is bright and we are certain she will enjoy a long and successful career in the industry.”


Nationwide Insurance Awards $50,000 to Six Collision School Grants


CREF has announced that Nationwide Insurance has made a $50,000 donation to assist the Education Foundation’s support of high school and college collision school programs across the country through school grants.


Six schools were supported through these Nationwide school grants. The schools applied for the Education Foundation’s 2016 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant and these funds will help fulfill the schools collision program’s wish list of needed tools, equipment, and supplies. The Nationwide Insurance school grant recipients include:


Eastfield College (Mesquite, TX)


Tidewater Community College (Chesapeake, VA)


Texas State Technical College (Waco, TX)
North Idaho College (Coeur d’Alene, ID)


Hillsborough Community College (Tampa, FL)
Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington, NC)


“Nationwide recognizes the growing need for highly trained repair technicians,” said Patrick Burnett, Associate Vice President of Claims at Nationwide. “That’s why we’re proud to support organizations dedicated to training and developing tomorrow’s collision repair professionals.”


CREF Recognizes 121 Career Programs With Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark


CREF announced it has recognized 121 schools with its new designation program called the “Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark,” which was launched in 2016.


Under the new program developed by the Foundation, schools were classified into three tiers:


• Tier 1: Advanced,

• Tier 2: Proficient, or

• Tier 3: Developing.


The designation was determined by the Foundation based upon information provided by schools about the capabilities of their program on the Collision Repair Education Makeover grant application.


Last year, due to expanded financial and in-kind support from the industry, every school that completed an application received a grant to help them move to the next Tier or increase their capabilities. The program is currently accepting applications for 2017.


In 2016, nine schools received a Tier 1 designation, 80 schools achieved Tier 2 and 31 schools achieved Tier 3.


Schools are recognized at different levels based upon criteria that focus around the number of hours of instruction and curriculum in place along with the tools, equipment, and supplies a school uses to prepare their students for employment in the collision industry.


Participation in the Makeover grant program provides schools with necessary items to help them advance to higher levels and expand their programs to best serve students and the industry. The goal is to help every school acquire the resources to eventually achieve a Tier 1: Advanced school designation.


For more information, visit www.collisioneducationfoundation.org.