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Industry sponsors sought for uniforms for collision repair students

August 30, 2013
A Hoffman Estates-based foundation that helps secondary and post-secondary school collision students is seeking sponsors to pay for technician shirts and work pants for the students embarking on the new school year. Representatives of the Collision Repair Education Foundation said the more engaged automobile industry members are with the schools, the better prepared the collision students will be to enter the industry after graduation.
Kadel’s Auto Body, a multishop operator in Oregon, recently sponsored the purchase of uniforms for collision students at Portland (Ore.) Community College. Instructor George Warneke said: “The timing of this donation was perfect.
“The students are starting the last term of their two-year certificate in auto collision repair, and the uniforms help them look and feel professional as they go out into the workforce.”
Brandon Eckenrode, development director at the Collision Repair Education Foundation, said many industry members aren’t aware of their local collision school programs. “In order to fulfill the industry’s dire need of capable and efficient entry-level workers, we all need to start taking an active role with these collision programs,” Eckenrode said. “Sponsoring these work uniforms is a great initial opportunity to support local collision school programs.”
At $50 a student, the work uniforms include a pair of Cintas work pants and technician shirt. Businesses that sponsor at least 100 uniforms will have their company logo screen printed on the back of the shirts.
To identify local collision school programs and to learn more about the sponsorship opportunity, contact Eckenrode at (847) 463-5244 or