The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced that the application for its Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant is available online for high school and post-secondary collision school programs.
The application deadline will be June 1, 2018.
Through the grant program, schools can receive up to $50,000.
Instructors are advised to begin the application early, and industry professionals are encouraged to get involved with the makeover grant by working with their local school’s collision instructors to help them apply.
The foundation will announce the winning schools during the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
“School collision programs are under tremendous budgetary pressure,” said Melissa Marscin, director of operations/administration for the foundation. “The makeover grant program is designed to help collision schools get the much-needed tools, equipment and supplies they couldn’t get otherwise and increase their capabilities. Last year, 160 schools that applied received some level of support through both grants and in-kind donations.”
The grant program incorporates the foundation’s “Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark” that was launched in 2016. With the new benchmark, the foundation classifies schools into three tiers:
- Tier 1: Advanced
- Tier 2: Proficient
- Tier 3: Developing
The foundation determines the designation based on information provided by schools about their capabilities that are detailed in the Collision Repair Education Makeover grant application. The criteria for each level includes the number of hours of instruction and curriculum in place, as well as what tools, equipment and supplies a school uses to prepare its students for employment in the collision industry.
If there is something that a school needs to advance to the next level, the foundation’s grant application will allow a school to request that item. The goal is to help every school acquire the resources to eventually achieve a Tier 1: Advanced school designation. Schools at Tier 1 status can request support for items that further advance their program. A committee will select the winners of the awards and determine what items off the wish lists each school will receive.
Since 2009, schools have been able to apply for the Ultimate Collision Education Makeover Grant to get much-needed tools, equipment and supplies for their school. More than $4 million in cash and in-kind donations have been given out to schools as a result of the grant, and more than 25,000 collision students have been impacted by the program.
Industry members interested in getting involved with the foundation and joining its efforts to support the future of the collision industry can contact foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at (847) 463-5244 or [email protected].