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Ford dealership donates $45,000 in parts to 2 area collision repair schools

October 11, 2013
Arlington Heights Ford has donated $45,000 in parts to York Community High School, in Elmhurst; and to Kennedy King College, in Chicago, through the Collision Repair Education Foundation.
The gifts provide an opportunity for students at both of these schools to practice collision repair on current model vehicle parts.
“We are always willing to help educate and promote young technicians,” said Tony Guido, general manager at Arlington Heights Ford. “We need young people who are willing to get into the automotive collision and service industry. Hands-on is always the best experience.”
Kennedy King College collision instructor Kenneth McMillian said: “This donation was something that I really did not expect. “The donation of parts has really brought our collision courses to life. We received door skins, quarter panel, front rails, hoods, bumper covers, bumpers, bumper fascias, core supports, etc.
“Through this donation we can now give hands-on practicum in real time on what is being lectured in the classroom. Thank you to Arlington Heights Ford and the Collision Repair Education Foundation.”
Brandon Eckenrode, the director of development at the foundation, said the Hoffman Estates-based nonprofit is reaching out to individual dealerships and dealership groups to donate the thousands upon thousands of dollars in parts that many are scrapping each month.
“They make great donations for local high school and college collision school programs,” said Eckenrode. “These current model vehicle parts are great practice material for the students, and we want to end the days of collision instructor ‘dumpster diving’ by helping to connect the dealerships with local schools.”
Dealers interested in donating parts can reach Eckenrode at (847) 463-5244 and