For its second year, the Collision Repair Education Foundation is inviting all secondary and post-secondary technical schools and colleges that have a collision repair program to complete the “Collision Repair School Solutions” survey. Schools that successfully complete the survey will receive complimentary subscriptions/licenses to products from Audatex, a Solera company; CCC Information Services/MOTOR, CollisionWeek and Mitchell. The survey program was introduced in 2010 and in its first year, over $700,000 in subscriptions were given to collision schools.
The “Collision Repair School Solutions” survey questions are designed to provide the Education Foundation with important information about collision school enrollment, placement, personnel, facilities and equipment, and will help the Education Foundation create metrics in which to measure the success of the collision education system going forward. In addition, the survey will gather information from schools on their individual, specific needs so that the Education Foundation can approach potential industry donors with these specific needs in mind. The Education Foundation will use the results to track general program information, key academic performance indicators, and program needs for new tool and equipment to train the students.
Schools will be required to retake the survey on an annual basis in order to renew their subscription to the software licenses and CollisionWeek subscription.
“The Solutions Survey is a great resource to illustrate how collision repair schools are meeting the entry-level employment needs of the collision industry as well as highlight the need for greater investment in our schools and students,” said Scott Kruger, executive director of the Collision Repair Education Foundation. “Being able to offer the repair and estimating software through this program is certainly a great benefit to the schools, but the information we receive will hopefully result in even greater reward for collision repair students nationwide.”
Butch Luther, collision instructor at Maxwell High School of Technology (Lawrenceville, Ga.), a school that received the subscriptions in 2010, commented, “In these financial times, it gets to be a chore to have supplies for our students to learn with. Luxuries such as these estimating systems can be unheard of, but they certainly give our students a head start when going into the work world.”
Those interested in learning more about the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s efforts to assist secondary and post-secondary collision students should visit www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org or contact Associate Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at [email protected] or 847-463-5244.
Schools interested in learning more about the survey can contact Assistant Director of Grant Programs Melissa Marscin at [email protected].