Collision schools in Illinois, Massachusetts and South Carolina have industry support.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) has announced that six schools will receive Collision School Career Preparation Benchmark Grants.
Allstate is providing a $10,000 grant to the Thornton Fractional High School Center for Academics and Technology, located in Calumet City, Illinois, to enhance its collision repair education program. The grant is part of Allstate’s $55,000 donation to CREF in 2021.
“The collision repair industry is in a talent crisis,” said Sandee Lindorfer, director of automotive exteriors for Allstate. “We need to ensure that young people who learn these trades have the right tools to advance their careers. One way to do this is to fund schools to help them have access to the right tools and technology to teach students. Allstate has supported the efforts of the Collision Repair Education Foundation since 1991.
“On behalf of the collision school programs that we are able to support through our industry partners, I thank Allstate for their continued support of our efforts,” said general manager Brandon Eckenrode. “Their generosity extends beyond this monetary donation, which allows us to assist collision instructors with their program budget needs, to include providing vehicle donations and volunteering on our board of directors. .”
Five collision repair educational programs will receive referral grants funded by the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, through the Foundation. Schools include:
- Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School (Fitchburg, Mass.)
- Greater Lowell Technical High School (Tyngsboro, Mass.)
- Union County Career and Technology Center (Union, SC)
- Woolard Technology Center (Camden, SC)
- Greenville Technical College (Greenville, SC)
The Enterprise Holdings Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Enterprise Holdings, which operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. Employees of the Enterprise Holdings global network are encouraged to submit grant applications, and Enterprise supports initiatives, such as those funded by CREF, that are important to its industry partners.
“As an industry leader and partner to many collision, insurance and automotive industries, Enterprise has a responsibility to invest in the future of auto repair,” said Mary Mahoney, vice -President of the Replacement and Leisure Division at Enterprise. “That’s why we’re thrilled to support CREF’s Benchmark Grants, which are designed to help underfunded collision education programs raise the caliber of training offered to ensure graduates are prepared to successfully start their career in the industry. »
Demonstrating this commitment, last year Enterprise announced the launch of the Collision Engineering Pilot Program with foundational support provided by the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. The program – designed to attract and develop entry-level talent to fill critical roles in the collision repair industry and improve the retention and advancement of collision repair technicians – is being piloted at four technical schools across the country .
Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark Grants recognize schools that excel in training students in collision repair, but due to stretched school budgets, programs require additional financial assistance. Recipient schools use these funds to provide the tools, equipment, and supplies needed to enhance their students’ learning experience and elevate the caliber of their graduates, ensuring that graduates are ready to enter successfully. in the job market after graduation.
Industry members interested in getting involved and supporting the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s efforts to assist secondary and post-secondary collision repair training programs should contact Brandon Eckenrode, Executive Director, at 312-231-0258 or [email protected] Monetary donations can be made online.