CREF Announces Fall Student Career Fairs

Published Sept. 14, 2023

Looking for fresh talent to fill your bays and keep your workflow flowing productively? Shops, suppliers and other collision industry businesses seeking qualified help need look no further than the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) Fall 2023 High School and College Transportation Student Career Fairs, where they’ll have the opportunity to engage with future collision repair professionals. 

With events scheduled all across the country, employers won’t want to miss the chance to get to know hundreds---or even thousands---of incoming industry professionals in their market.

“Engaging with future transportation industry professionals is vital for all segments of the industry---collision centers, dealerships and even paint, tool and equipment companies---in order to generate brand awareness for the business and also to showcase the diverse career paths available to the students in attendance,” said CREF Program Manager Tiffany Bulak. “CREF’s Career Fairs provide a unique opportunity for collision industry employers to connect with students who have trained for entry-level positions and are ready to start their careers.”

Fall 2023 High School & College Transportation Student Career Fair Schedule

  • Oct. 12: 3M Headquarters, St. Paul, MN
  • Oct. 18: Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills, MI
  • Nov. 8: Sheridan Technical College, Hollywood, FL
  • Nov. 9: South Tech Education Center, Boynton Beach, FL
  • Nov. 29: Axalta Training Center, Concord, NC
  • Dec. 5: Collins College, McKinney, TX
  • Dec. 7: Fort Hayes Career Center, Columbus, OH

To complement the physical career fair events and ensure CREF helps connect students with employers across the country, CREF also has an electronic student resume database with contact information for more than 600 collision students. 

Interested in participating in an event listed above, or in collaborating with CREF to schedule one in your market? Contact Bulak at

Can’t attend a career fair but still anxious to get your company name in front of incoming technicians? Support local high school and college collision students by sponsoring work uniforms to ensure the future workforce recognizes the value of looking professional. For a donation of just $80 per student, companies can provide students with a brand-new Cintas technician shirt branded with your logo and a pair of work pants. Alternately, a donation of $40 per student will provide students with a branded technician shirt. Sponsoring companies also have the opportunity to meet with students to distribute the uniforms. Email to learn more.

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