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The Collision Repair Education Foundation Is Looking for Industry Members Interested in Helping Local School Programs

Help Make “Back to School” Better for Local High School & College Collision Programs

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is looking to collaborate with industry members interested in helping their local programs. Local high schools, community colleges, and technical schools are in desperate need of industry members wiling to get involved with the instructors and students to ensure that programs and funding aren’t eliminated.

Below are several collaboration opportunities that you are invited to consider:

Donate Scrap/Spare Parts to Local Schools

Collision instructors and programs throughout the country need slightly damaged scrap and spare parts (fenders, bumpers, hoods, etc.) so students can practice their skills. CREF connects businesses like yours with local schools, so your (tax-deductible) donated parts will help programs and instructors, and foster relationships with students.

Sponsor Cintas Work Uniforms for Local Students

Help ensure your local high school and college collision students look professional by partnering with CREF to sponsor Cintas work uniforms. For a donation of just $50, you can provide a student with a brand-new Cintas tech shirt, work pants, safety glasses, ear plugs, and a disposable dust mask. And, for companies sponsoring more than 20 uniforms, your company’s logo would be added to the front of the shirts as a patch.

Of the $200+ million in support that CREF has provided to collision programs since 2009, instructors say these uniforms have made the biggest impact on their programs.

Transportation Student Career Fair Events

During the upcoming school year, CREF will continue to leverage career fair events to connect high school and college transportation students (auto service, collision, diesel, etc.) to local and national industry employers.

We’re organizing virtual events for the fall, and hope to organize in-person events starting in 2021. If your facility is interested in meeting hundreds (sometimes thousands) of local high school and college transportation students, please let us know.


If you are interested in any of these opportunities or others, please contact: Brandon Eckenrode — Collision Repair Education Foundation, Director of Development at, Brandon.Eckenrode@ED-Foundation.org or 312-231-0258.

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