Tuesday, 14 November 2017 00:15

Industry Partners, I-CAR Committees Fund More than $600,000 in School Grants through CREF

The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced that more than $600,000 in Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grants had been supported by donations from industry partners and local I-CAR committee fundraising activities. 

The announcement came during the Foundation’s annual reception held on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel during the 2017 SEMA Show. The Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grants will support 162 schools in 38 states with more than 6,000 students enrolled in collision repair training programs.

The Makeover grant program incorporates the Foundation’s Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark that the Foundation launched in 2016. Under the new program developed by the Foundation, schools are classified into three tiers based upon criteria that include the number of hours of instruction, curriculum in place, along with what tools, equipment and supplies a school uses to prepare their students for employment in the collision industry. The grants awarded will assist schools in advancing to the next tier, or to allow top tier schools to further expand their programs’ capabilities.

“School collision programs are facing tremendous pressure on their budgets. It is difficult for many to maintain their program at current capabilities, no less increase their abilities to satisfy the industry’s current and future needs for its workforce,” said Melissa Marscin, Director of Operations/Administration for the Foundation. “The Makeover grant program is designed to help collision schools get the much-needed tools, equipment and supplies they couldn’t get otherwise and increase their capabilities.”