Industry sponsors provide 1,000 collision student technician uniforms

March 7, 2013
Shirts will be given to students who applied for spring scholarship/tool grant opportunities.

Through the sponsorship of Bar’s Products, CARSTAR, Cintas, Ford Motor Company, I-CAR, PPG Automotive Refinish, and Sterling Auto Body, 1,000 Cintas collision student technician uniforms will be distributed to secondary and post-secondary collision students through the Collision Repair Education Foundation this spring. The student technician shirt project also helped raise $10,000 for the Foundation’s Collision Repair Education Campaign fund that helps provide student scholarships, school grants, and the Foundation’s Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant.

These technician uniforms will be distributed to students who applied for the Education Foundation’s spring scholarship/tool grant opportunities and also to all auto body and refinishing students competing at the national SkillsUSA event in Kansas City this June.

Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode commented, “What started off as a fun project back in 2009 has grown into a life changing program that provides collision students with a sense of pride, professionalism, and belonging. To date, the Education Foundation has provided nearly 10,000 Cintas technician uniforms to collision students nationwide through the support of industry sponsors. Instructors share stories with us that these uniforms provide their collision students with a new level of respect around school and other school departments are jealous of the support that the collision program receives. On behalf of the Foundation staff and the students that we are able to provide these uniforms to, thank you to the sponsors of our spring 2013 technician shirts and we look forward to distributing even more in the coming years.”

The Collision Repair Education Foundation will be providing another run of 1000 technician uniforms this fall which will be provided to students attending NACE, SEMA, and 2013 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover applicant schools. Companies interested in sponsoring the fall 2013 technician uniforms should contact Brandon Eckenrode at 847-463-5244. Additional information about the Collision Repair Education Foundation can be found online at

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