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Nichols Career Center (Jefferson City, Mo.) and Manhattan Area Technical College (Manhattan, Kan.) receive $50,000 grants.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced the two Ultimate Collision Education Makeover-winning schools during its industry reception at SEMA.
Nichols Career Center (Jefferson City, Mo.) was selected as the secondary school makeover winner, and Manhattan Area Technical College (Manhattan, Kan.) was selected as the post-secondary makeover winner. Seventy schools from 31 states applied for the 2012 makeover grant, and a selection committee made up of the Education Foundation’s volunteer Board of Trustees selected the two schools. Over the next several months, the Education Foundation will be working to fulfill the two school’s collision programs $50,000 wish lists of needed tools, equipment and supplies.
“It was great bringing the collision industry together during our industry reception to not only highlight the support the organization has provided to collision school programs through the generosity of our industry donors but also surprise both of these instructors that their collision programs will have their $50,000 wish lists fulfilled," said Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Clark Plucinski. "We look forward to working together with not only the two winning schools but also focusing support on all of the applicant schools, as they took the time and effort to let us know their specific collision needs."
In addition to fulfilling the full wish lists of the two winning schools, the Education Foundation will be sharing the applicant schools’ specific requests with the companies represented in order to help as many collision programs as possible.
Industry members interested in participating with the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s Makeover winning school and/or the other applicants should contact Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at [email protected] or (847) 463-5244.