The Collision Repair Education Foundation invites collision industry businesses to help provide their local secondary and post-secondary collision students with a professional appearance by sponsoring Cintas technician shirt and pant work uniforms for this upcoming fall school year. The Education Foundation is looking to connect industry members across the country with their local collision school programs as the more engaged they are with the school, the better prepared the collision students will be to enter the industry after graduation.
Kadel’s Auto Body, a 17 multi-shop operator in Oregon, recently sponsored the purchase of uniforms for Portland Community College collision students and instructor George Warneke noted, “I want to give a huge thanks to Kadel’s Auto Body for the generous sponsorship of uniforms for my students through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The timing of this donation was perfect! This term has just ended and these students are preparing to start their last term of their 2-year certificate in Auto Collision Repair. They are now arranging their last term which is an individual cooperative work experience with an auto collision repair shop, where they will work for 300 hours to complete their training. The uniforms help them to feel and look professional as they go out into the work force. It also has helped them have confidence by looking the part when interviewing for the cooperative work experience and they feel like part of the team in a shop on the first day.”
Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode said, “Over the years we have found that many industry members aren’t aware of their local collision school programs and in order to fulfill the industry’s dire need of capable and efficient entry-level workers, we all need to start taking an active role with these collision programs. Sponsoring these work uniforms is a great initial opportunity to support local collision school programs.”
The work uniforms can be sponsored for $50 per student, which includes a pair of Cintas work pants and technician shirt. Those companies that sponsor at least 100 uniforms will have their corporate logo screen printed on the back of the shirts. Industry members should contact Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or 847.463.5244.