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Nationwide Insurance awards $50,000 to 6 collision schools through CREF

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 07:00
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The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced that Nationwide Insurance has made a $50,000 donation to assist the Education Foundation’s support of high school and college collision school programs across the country through school grants.

Six schools were supported through these Nationwide school grants. The schools applied for the Education Foundation’s 2016 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant and these funds will help fulfill the schools collision program’s wish list of needed tools, equipment, and supplies. The Nationwide Insurance school grant recipients include:


Eastfield College (Mesquite, TX)


Tidewater Community College (Chesapeake, VA)


Texas State Technical College (Waco, TX)
North Idaho College (Coeur d’Alene)


Hillsborough Community College (Tampa, FL)
Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington, NC)

“Nationwide recognizes the growing need for highly trained repair technicians,” said Patrick Burnett, Associate Vice President of Claims at Nationwide.  “That’s why we’re proud to support organizations dedicated to training and developing tomorrow’s collision repair professionals.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Clark Plucinski noted, “On behalf of the collision school instructors and students that we serve, I would like to thank Nationwide Insurance for their continued support. Collision industry businesses across the country are seeking properly trained, entry-level collision students for employment and with Nationwide’s help; we are able to better assist instructors who are facing limited budgets and resources within their schools.”

For additional information about Nationwide Insurance visit Collision industry businesses interested in joining the Collision Repair Education Foundation in supporting high school and college collision school programs should contact Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847-463-5244. Industry businesses can learn more information about the organization and make a donation online by visiting

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