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CREF announces partnership with TechForce Foundation, S/P2

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 09:00
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The Collision Repair Education Foundation will be partnering with the TechForce Foundation and S/P2 on high school and college transportation career fair events taking place in 2018. Through these partnerships, the events will bring together collision, auto service, heavy duty, and diesel students but will also help ensure attending students have resumes ready for distribution to the participating employers. Compared to previous events, the Education Foundation will also play a more active role in facilitating on-site interviews, employment related presentations, and ensuring the students are well prepared for meeting company representatives.

“This is a partnership that makes absolute sense for us, and we believe for the transportation industry” says Greg Settle, Director of National Initiatives for TechForce Foundation. “TechForce strives to serve as a hub for the industry, to direct people, whether they be students, parents, educators or industry, to the best resources available. We believe that the Collision Repair Education Foundation fits that bill when it comes to Career Fair Events.” Jennifer Maher, TechForce CEO and Executive Director adds: “The strength of TechForce is truly in our partnerships and collaboration within the industry. The Collision Repair Education Foundation is a great example of an organization that is doing the right things for the future of our industry.”

Through the support of S/P2, attending students will complete the “Land That Job! Building a Resume” course which, upon completion, allows them to print a resume to bring to the career fairs. S/P2 President Kyle Holt noted, “The Education Foundation career fairs are fantastic opportunities for students, instructors, and shops alike. We can all do our part to help students transition into industry with the right first employers, and S/P2 is proud to partner on that effort.”

Each event is anticipated to average over 400 students and the current spring 2018 schedule includes:
• February 14th – Tampa/Orlando, FL – Hillsborough Community College
• February 16th – Miami, FL – Robert Morgan Education Center & Technical College
• March 1st - San Antonio, TX – Judson High School
• March 16th - Los Angeles, CA – SEMA Headquarters Office
• April 6th – Chicago, IL – Tech-Cor
• April 7th – Phoenix, AZ – LKQ
• April, 12th – Denver, CO – TBD
• April 18th-19th – Greensboro, NC - North Carolina SkillsUSA State Competition
• April 24th – Atlanta, GA – Maxwell Technical High School
• April, 26th – Boston, MA – Assabet Valley Technical High School
• Dates & Locations TBD: Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Nashville, TN

The Education Foundation will also be partnering with collision industry regional/national associations, dealership associations, SkillsUSA, and others to help promote the events to attract as many students and businesses to participate. Companies interested in participating in one or multiple career fair events should contact Education Foundation Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or 847.463.5244. Additional transportation career fair events will be planned for the fall 2018 school semester as well.

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