Saturday, 14 May 2016 00:53

3M, CCC Information Services & More Award Scholarships Through CREF

ABRA Auto Body & Glass awarded 11 collision students each with $2,000 in tools through a spring tool grant opportunity with the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

The tool grant was made available to select high school seniors and post-secondary students studying in collision repair programs. The winning students were able to select $2,000 (retail value) in tools and equipment from a list of entry-level body tools.

The student winners of the 2016 ABRA Auto Body & Glass spring tool grant include:

  • Emanuel Centeno (Kennedy-King College, Chicago, IL)
  • Michael Davis (Stanly Communit College, Albemarle, NC)
  • Trent Fried (Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN)
  • Clayton Groehler (Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Rice Lake, WI)
  • Connor Mckeown (Walla Walla Community College (Walla Walla, WA)
  • Brandon Ngeth (Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Chattanooga, TN)
  • Tanner Passey (Bridgerland Applied Technology College, Logan, UT)
  • Jean Pettee (Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Fennimore, WI)
  • Raul Reynoso-Ojeda (Renton Technical College, Renton, WA)
  • Sidney Scoville (Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Fennimore, WI)
  • Richard Nimmer (NWTC, Green Bay, WI)

“We are thrilled to partner with the Collision Repair Education Foundation to provide students with the opportunity to further their education,” said Jennifer Schmit, Vice President, Talent Acquisition at ABRA Auto Body & Glass. “Quality repair work is the hallmark of ABRA, and by providing funding for secondary education we are helping to ensure our future workforce has the skills and training they need to do just that."

For additional information about ABRA Auto Body & Glass, visit www.abraauto.com 

The Collision Repair Education Foundation and CCC Information Services Inc., announced three exceptional students as winners of the CCC Michael Salvatore Memorial Student Repair Technician Scholarship.

The CCC scholarship program has been in place since 2006 and awards scholarships to students currently enrolled in a repair program who have demonstrated superior talent.

The 2016 CCC Michael Salvatore Memorial Student Repair Technician Scholarship winners include:

$3,000 Scholarship Recipients

  • Joe Contreras (Texas State Technical College: Waco, TX)
  • Bransen McCall (Bridgerland Applied Technology College: Logan, UT)
  • Melanie Thomas (Waubonsee Community College: Sugar Grove, IL)

“Congratulations to the young men and woman for their academic accomplishments and commitment to excellence in collision repair,” said Mary Jo Prigge, President, Service Operations, CCC. “We’re proud to celebrate our tenth year granting scholarships to deserving students through the CCC Michael Salvatore Memorial Student Repair Technician Scholarship. More than ever, education and training are needed to keep pace with our rapidly evolving industry. It’s our pleasure to help prepare the next generation of collision repairers.”

For additional information about CCC visit www.cccis.com 

Gerber Collision & Glass awarded eight collision students each with $2,000 in tools through a spring tool grant opportunity with the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

The tool grant was made available to select post-secondary students studying in collision repair programs. The winning students were able to select $2,000 (retail value) in tools and equipment.

The student winners of the 2016 Gerber Collision & Glass spring tool grant include:

  • Andrea Garcia-Perez (Lincoln College of Technology, Melrose Park, IL)
  • Brandon Aguilar Gomez (Stanly Community College, Albermarle, NC)
  • Darryl Walker (Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL)
  • J. Omotayo Bolonduro (Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Kirkland, WA)
  • Ronnie Matthews (Florida State College of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL)
  • Martin Carrasco (Lake Technical College, Eustis, FL)
  • Megan Stine (Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL)
  • Cristian Trijello (Atlanta Technical College, Atlanta, GA)

“Gerber Collision & Glass is proud to support these students so that they can obtain the tools needed to be successful at the start of their career in the repair industry. Grants such as this, combined with our apprentice training and development programs allow Gerber to successfully transition students into careers in our company”, said Tim O’Day, President & COO of Gerber Collision & Glass.

For additional information about Gerber Collision & Glass, visit www.gerbercollision.com 

Snap-On awarded two collision students each with a starter tool set and a tool box through the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s spring tool grant opportunity. The tool grant, valued at over $2,700 each student, was made available to select high school seniors and post-secondary students studying in collision repair programs.

The student winners of the 2016 Snap-On Tool Grant include:

  • Jonathan Herman (Washburn Tech, Topeka, KS)
  • William May (Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Livingston, TN)

Greg Rintala, Snap-On National Sales Manager-Education, stated, “Snap-On is proud to award Starter Tool Sets to these very worthy collision repair students. Students, schools and employers all benefit when a new collision repair tech starts a career with the right tools for the job. These Snap-on tools will serve the winners well for a lifetime. Snap-On has supported Career and Technical Education for decades with our Student Excellence Program for tool purchases, NC3 Certification Curriculum, and school and instructor support. We look forward to continuing that support in the future.”

3M began the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s “summer drive” for product donations of tools, equipment, and supplies through a $1.1 million donation of color match film products to 300 collision schools programs. The Education Foundation is seeking industry member’s support in providing in-kind donations to assist high school and college collision repair school instructors who face limited program budgets. These tax-deductible donations will be distributed to collision school programs at the beginning of their fall semester.

“We know that collision program budgets can be limited, and it is important that our future technicians can learn using the latest technology available to better prepare them for entering the workplace” said Jim Falteisek, US Sales & Marketing Director for 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. “We are proud to support our technical training schools and an industry that has been so generous to 3M for so many years.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode noted, “The goal of the summer is to collect as many in-kind donations from industry companies that will help make ‘back to school’ a great experience for both the collision instructors and the students. By provide the schools with the tools, equipment, and supplies that their program budgets might not be able to afford; we can help work towards the students receiving the best technical education possible and the end goal of them being productive entry-level employees upon graduation. We thank 3M for their continued support and this donation has helped showcase to hundreds, if not thousands, of collision students their generosity.” 

The Education Foundation would like to invite all industry companies who have tools, equipment, supplies, scrap parts and/or other items to donate to collision school programs through the Education Foundation should contact Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244 or Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org.

For more information, visit www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org 

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