Thursday, 13 January 2022 12:48

2010 CREF Grant Winner Provides Update on Lasting Impact


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Just over a decade ago, Bridgerland Technical College in Logan, UT, received the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s (CREF) 2010 Makeover Grant.

The school's collision repair education program was awarded more than $50,000 in upgraded tools, equipment and supplies, and, in addition, CREF was able to provide more than $125,000 in donations through the industry’s generosity.


Yet the most valuable asset Bridgerland acquired came in the form of relationships developed with industry professionals and the sustained professional shop environment that has served to attract high-quality students to the program.


When Bridgerland first received the award, Kevin Cornia, instructor and department head of Bridgerland’s auto collision program, predicted, “We’re going to update our program with lots of tools and equipment to help us provide the best education possible. A makeover grant like this allows us to have updated and more sophisticated equipment to better train our students. I believe we will end up painting our shop through donations of paint. Essentially, our shop is going to look a lot different, and our collision repair program will actually go through a makeover.”


And that’s exactly what happened.


Being recognized by CREF yielded immediate benefits; as soon as CREF announced Bridgerland was the 2010 Makeover Grant winner, the school received a $4,500 plasma cutter, donated by a local welding company. Over the following months, donations rolled in, fulfilling the school’s wish list of tools and equipment not covered by the program’s budget.


Through the industry’s generosity, Bridgerland was able to take its strong auto collision program and propel it to the next level.


“We used the donations to update our frame rack, laser measuring system, welders and items that we needed to update our program,” recalled Cornia. “In addition to utilizing all the equipment we received from the grant, we’ve continued to build on it each year, allowing us to...

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