The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced a $50,000 donation from Gerber Collision & Glass for the company’s participation in a number of 2016 collision career fairs and other collision student hiring initiative-related projects. Through the monetary support from donor companies such as Gerber Collision & Glass, the Education Foundation is able to provide support to high school and college collision school programs, instructors and students.
“Gerber Collision & Glass has been a long-time supporter of the Collision Repair Education Foundation,” said Tim O’Day, president of Gerber Collision & Glass. “I am confident that our contribution is helping to attract the right students to the collision repair high school and post high school programs, and ensuring that they receive the education and experience needed to take on the entry-level jobs that we have available. New entrants to our industry are the key to our future success.”
Brandon Eckenrode, Collision Repair Education Foundation director of development, added, “On behalf of the collision school instructors and students that we support, I would like to thank Gerber Collision & Glass for not only their continued support but also increasing their involvement with us. In addition to their participation in many career fairs next spring, we will be collaborating on several additional projects that revolve around connecting collision students with employment opportunities. Only through our industry supporters are we able to address the issue of training high school and college collision students and helping to place them into the industry. Gerber Collision & Glass is a strong industry partner that is helping make that happen.”
The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s collision career fairs are open to all industry members to participate, and those seeking to meet high school and college collision students are encouraged to contact the Education Foundation for sponsorship and participation information. Sponsorship funds raised through these career fairs assist the organization’s efforts to ensure that collision school programs have the needed tools, equipment and supplies to graduate qualified and skilled entry-level employees.