To help connect collision students with industry employers and display the array of career opportunities students have within the industry, CREF organized and supported 10 high school and college collision career fairs throughout the country. Students were able to distribute resumes and meet local employers. There are six career fairs planned for the fall, and the Foundation intends to track the events to report back their success to the industry. To assist those students who aren’t able to attend, CREF piloted the Collision Student Resume Database program, where collision students seeking full-time, part-time, or internship work could submit their contact information to be included in a database provided to industry supporters.
Student Scholarships and Tool Grants
Over $250,000 in high school senior and college collision student scholarships and tool grants were awarded this spring to help the future professionals of this industry with needed financial support for their technical education and/or provide them with the entry-level tool sets they need in order to be successful when beginning their career.
Makeover Grant/New School Readiness Benchmark Program
After hearing feedback from donors and members of the industry about an immediate need for entry-level staff, the Foundation created a new designation system for schools in which each school that applies for the Makeover grant will be given a Collision School Readiness Benchmark designation (Tier 1: Advanced, Tier 2: Proficient, or Tier 3: Developing). The designation will be determined by the school completing a collision program profile through the application, which includes tools/equipment inventory, student contact hours, continuing education hours, and more. CREF will work with those schools that apply and provide funding to help them advance in the tier program to assist in their ability to graduate students who will be productive upon employment.
The CREF Board of Trustees is working together with the staff on multi-year strategic planning that includes enhancing work with schools as well as increasing efforts to speak with parents, guidance counselors, and students at a younger age.
Industry Reception at SEMA
Join CREF the evening of Tuesday, November 1st during SEMA at their annual industry reception, where they will be awarding over $100,000 in school grants and student support.
Chicagoland Speedway and additional Career Fairs
This fall, CREF will be in Chicago, St. Louis, Boston, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Columbus continuing their career fairs in addition to planning events for 2017.
For more information, visit http://collisioneducationfoundation.org/