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Largest-ever $200,000 donation will support organization’s philanthropic and collision repair education activities.
I-CAR has announced that it has donated $200,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation. This donation is the largest monetary amount that the Collision Repair Education Foundation has received since its founding in 1991 and will support the organization’s commitment to philanthropic and collision repair education activities.
In 2012, I-CAR committed to set aside $1 for every I-CAR class attended in 2012. In effect, this donation was made possible by the inter-industry that trained with I-CAR throughout 2012. In 2012, I-CAR delivered just under 200,000 “student units,” which equates to just under 600,000 credit hours of training. Due to the nature of the cause, the I-CAR Board made the decision to round the donation to $200,000.
“Thank you, inter-industry. Without your commitment to training, I-CAR would not have been able to provide this level of support to the Collision Repair Education Foundation," said I-CAR CEO and President John Van Alstyne. "Together, I-CAR and the Collision Repair Education Foundation are working closely to reinforce the future sustainability of the industry.”
The Collision Repair Education Foundation and I-CAR foster a partnership that supports education for the entire inter-industry. I-CAR serves as a provider of technical training curriculum to the education sector, whereas the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s objective is to advance collision repair secondary and post-secondary education by supporting funding for both schools and students.
“Our collective goals are to help effectively equip secondary and post-secondary schools," said Van Alstyne. "We aim to help them attract aspiring students and to properly prepare graduates to add immediate value as future employees of our industry. Independently and together, we have a number of initiatives under way to accomplish this goal. This donation on behalf of the inter-industry will greatly help the Collision Repair Education Foundation advance its mission."
Added Clark Plucinski, Collision Repair Education Foundation executive director, “Through the support of I-CAR on behalf of the inter-industry, the Collision Repair Education Foundation can continue to gain momentum toward its ultimate goal: to create a future in which every entry-level technician hired has graduated with the necessary skills and understanding of new technology to be well-trained, productive and efficient employees from day one on the job.”