Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. donated $32,000 in collision repair training support for secondary and post-secondary collision instructors through the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF).
Toyota donated 25 vouchers, valued at $400 each, for their collision repair and refinish training classes held at three training center locations around the country. Additionally, Toyota donated 10 Toyota Techstream Lite devices that include two-year Toyota TIS subscription certificates. These in-kind product donations will be offered to those instructors that have applied for the Education Foundation’s Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant in the past and will assist in providing up-to-date technical repair information.
John Saia, Technical & Body Training Development Manager at Toyota said, “This donation will go a long way in support of collision repair & refinish training for schools, collision instructors, and students. We can bring instructors up to date with our Collision Repair & Refinish training program, provide repair details and tools that equip collision instructors and students with state of the art diagnostic tools, repair procedures and information. In the end, this direct support helps the entire collision repair industry and our customers!”
Robb Cowell, Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Instructor at Colonial High School (Orlando, FL) noted, “Much can be gained by instructors attending these training sessions as I always tell my students about the Lexus refinishing process and how highly regarded the finish of their vehicles is held in the industry.”
Robert Winfrey, Auto Body Technologies Instructor at South Piedmont Community College (Polkton, NC), noted, “I would like to express my devoted thanks to Toyota for this opportunity. It is not often that school instructors are able to attend this type of training and bring that technical knowledge back to the classroom for the benefit of the students.”
Industry members and companies interested in supporting secondary and post-secondary school’s collision programs through monetary and/or in-kind product donations should contact Associate Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or 847-463-5244.