Toyota Auto Body California donates nearly 1,000 quarter panels to body repair students through CREF

Toyota Motor North America, Inc. has connected the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) with Toyota Auto Body California, Inc. for a donation of 944 quarter panels, valued at $632,480, which will benefit repair educational programs crashes across the country. Quarter boards will be distributed to over 100 schools, immediately impacting over 3,000 students by enabling them to practice the skills necessary for success in this area; however, the long term impact will be much greater as instructors often reuse these panels over multiple semesters with many more students.

“Technician shortage issues come up every time I talk to our Certified Collision Centers, Field Offices, and the industry,” Kazuyo Jones, collision repair and refinishing manager, Toyota Motor North America, explains why it is important to connect industry to schools. “When Toyota encounters these opportunities to donate parts or vehicles, our organization wants to use these opportunities for people in need. We need to energize the industry by doing what we can to support its future workforce.

“This type of in-kind donation is cited as one of the most needed items by collision programs across the United States,” says Amber Ritter, director of marketing and project management at CREF. “This is truly an example of giving that allows students to learn, practice and hone the important skills that lead to rewarding careers. Rehearsals are an important part of the learning process, and Toyota’s donation helps make that possible.

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]