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Friday, 17 April 2015 00:00

CREF Holds Ribbon-Cutting Event in GA at Makeover Grant Recipient Maxwell High School

On Wednesday, April 8, the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Maxwell High School in Lawrenceville, GA. In 2013, Maxwell High School was awarded a $50,000 Makeover Grant, funded by the Atlanta I-CAR Committee.

Brandon Eckenrode, Director of Development for CREF, notes, “Because of the support Maxwell’s program has received and the fact that it looks brand new; we were informed that their enrollment will double this coming fall. Also, the donations that their collision repair program has received have enabled them to develop a higher caliber of students, evidenced by the fact that two of their students won the SkillsUSA state competition and are now headed to Louisville in June to compete in the National SkillsUSA conference.”

Attendees at the ribbon-cutting ceremony included local collision repair industry professionals, as well as those in attendance at CIC’s meetings. These participants received a tour of the program in addition to meeting with students, collision instructors and school administrators.

Maxwell High School Principal, Dr. Jeff Hall, states, “The Makeover grant and support has afforded our collision instructors the ability to teach our students, at the highest level possible, through the use of advanced equipment and supplies. More importantly, the grant ensures our students receive industry level training every day. We are fortunate to have the support of the Collision Repair Education Foundation and Atlanta I-CAR Committee, as our graduates leave us well prepared for the workforce and post-secondary education."

According to Gerry Poirier, Chairman of the Atlanta I-CAR Committee, “The ability to obtain such great results with the school has been made possible by all the members of the Atlanta Committee. Their dedication and passion to make this program excel to such high levels is second to none. Our partnership with Maxwell's teachers and administrators has been nothing short of phenomenal and has been the key to success. We will continue to support Maxwell and are looking for additional local programs where we can duplicate these outstanding results to promote this great industry and bring in new technicians.”

Eckenrode is grateful to the Atlanta I-CAR Committee for supporting the school, and he congratulates them "for coming together to assist Maxwell High School as we are seeing this support result in increased enrollment and highly trained students demonstrated by their SkillsUSA state winning students. Through the committee’s local fundraising efforts, over $100,000 has been invested into the schools collision program which has provided everything from newly painted shop floors, student scholarships, tool/equipment upgrades, and much more. To have the program look brand new and now producing state winning SkillsUSA students should prove to the industry that investing in their local collision programs through the Education Foundation pays off at multiple levels.”

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