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Making the Most of Summer Break- Tips for Collision Repair College Students

After two semesters of study sessions, reading assignments, essays, group projects, all-nighters and exams, it’s time at last for a well-deserved break – and a lengthy one at that! For busy Collision Repair College Students, the summer break opens up time to relax, rejuvenate, and recharge your batteries—and that means leisurely pursuits like reading, travelling, …

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2024 CREF Collision Repair Scholarships and Tool Grants

Over $235,000 Awarded in 2024 CREF Scholarships and Tool Grants to Diverse Group of Students

Hoffman Estates, Ill. (June 6, 2024) – The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is excited to announce that over $235,000 in 2024 scholarships and tool grants have been awarded to 90 collision repair students across the country, but the Foundation is happy to note that this year’s recipients look a little different than they have …

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CREF Welcomes Kayla Williams Clark to Board of Trustees

Hoffman Estates, Ill. (April 25, 2024) – The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is excited to welcome Kayla Williams Clark, Vice President of Business Development for Classic Collision, to its Board of Trustees. “The Foundation is delighted that Kayla has joined our Board of Trustees,” says CREF Executive Director Brandon Eckenrode. “Her experience in this …

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Tomorrow’s Collision Professionals Learn on Today’s Repair Planning Software Thanks to Donations from Audatex, CCC and Mitchell Through CREF

Hoffman Estates, Ill. (April 15, 2024) – Would any shop owner be impressed by a young estimator who demonstrated their knowledge by pulling out a clipboard, paper and pen as they began inspecting a damaged vehicle? Probably not – with today’s complex vehicles, most shops utilize modern estimating software, and a new hire who isn’t …

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Choosing Collision Repair for Your Educational Journey

If you’re reading this, then congratulations! You’ve either earned or are well on your way to earning your high school diploma. While you may have spent your senior year in high school thinking about your future education and what to choose as a full-time career, preparing for that next step into college opens up a …

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Racing to Support Collision Students: Northeast Ohio I-CAR Committee Chair to Run 209 Miles for CREF Fundraiser

Racing to Support Collision Students: Northeast Ohio I-CAR Committee Chair to Run 209 Miles for CREF Fundraiser Hoffman Estates, Ill. (March 12, 2024) – Ensuring the next generation of collision repair professionals is trained and equipped to hit the ground running when they enter the field is why the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) was …

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CREF Introduces 2024 Executive Committee, Announces New Chair and Welcomes Two New Board Members

CREF Introduces 2024 Executive Committee, Announces New Chair and Welcomes Two New Board Members Hoffman Estates, Ill. (February 12, 2024) – The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is excited to introduce its newly appointed Executive Committee, which consists of seven industry professionals who are dedicated to supporting the future of the industry through engagement with …

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CREF Benchmark Grants Enhance Ability to Educate Students, 2024 Applications Now Open!

CREF Benchmark Grants Enhance Ability to Educate Students, 2024 Applications Now Open! Hoffman Estates, Ill. (February 5, 2024) – Collision repair is an intriguing field to pursue, yet schools often struggle to attract and retain students in their collision programs, not because there’s a lack of interest but typically due to a lack of access …

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Money for a Collision Education: CREF Opens 2024 Scholarship Applications

Money for a Collision Education: CREF Opens 2024 Scholarship Applications Hoffman Estates, Ill. (January 11, 2024) – Tuition is expensive, especially for aspiring collision repair professionals who also need to stock their toolboxes, but the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) wants to help! Funding is available for secondary and post-secondary collision students to support their …

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