Lake Technical Center Director Diane W. Culpepper, PhD said, “Our sincere thanks to the Collision Repair Education Foundation for all their support for Lake Technical Center and our Auto Collision and Repair program. As our school budget continues to be cut, it is amazing to see business and industry step up to ensure that our students learn in the best environment possible. We couldn’t do it without you!”
“Giving back to the collision repair industry is a major focus of NACE each year and we’re happy to ‘pay it forward’ and provide a forum for such a worthwhile event,” said Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive. “We look forward to hosting this deserving school and celebrating the generosity of the industry.”
The Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant debuted in 2009 when Steel Center Area Vocational Technical School (Jefferson Hills, PA) was chosen as the recipient of the award. In addition to Steel Center AVTS receiving $80,000 from the award, the schools that applied for the 2009 grant still benefited from the Ultimate Collision Education Makeover program. In total, the 35 schools each received an average of $5,000 in products, supplies and equipment for a total value over $175,000. Every school that applied for the grant received at least one item to benefit their students and collision program. In 2010, the award went to Bridgerland Applied Technology College (Logan, UT). Through the generous support of industry members, Bridgerland’s collision program is on track to receive over $100,000 in donated tools, equipment and supplies.
School collision programs can download the Makeover application from the Education Foundation’s website at www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org, which must be postmarked by Aug. 31, 2011.
The Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant and other collision student and school support opportunities provided by the Collision Repair Education Foundation are made possible through industry donations. Companies and individuals interested in getting involved with the Foundation and joining its efforts to support the future of the collision industry can contact Foundation Associate Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode, at (847) 463-5244 or Brandon.Eckenrode@edfoundation.org.