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I-CAR makes record-setting donation to CREF

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 17:52
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I-CAR®, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, announced that on behalf of the Collision Repair Inter-Industry, it has donated $200,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The donation made by I-CAR today is the largest monetary donation that the Collision Repair Education Foundation has received since its founding in 1991 and it will support the organization’s commitment to philanthropic and collision repair education activities that promote and enhance career opportunities in the industry.

In 2012, I-CAR committed to set aside $1 for every I-CAR class attended in 2012. In effect, this donation was made possible by the Inter-Industry that trained with I-CAR throughout 2012. In 2012, I-CAR delivered just under 200,000 “student units”, which equates to just under 600,000 credit hours of training. Due to the goodness of the cause, the I-CAR Board made the decision to round the donation to $200,000.

John Van Alstyne, I-CAR CEO & President says, “Thank you, Inter-Industry. Without your commitment to training, I-CAR would not have been able to provide this level of support to the Collision Repair Education Foundation! Together, I-CAR and the Collision Repair Education Foundation are working closely to reinforce the future sustainability of the industry.”

The Collision Repair Education Foundation and I-CAR foster a partnership that supports education for the entire Inter-Industry. I-CAR serves as a provider of technical training curriculum to the education sector, whereas the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s objective is to advance Collision Repair secondary and post-secondary education by supporting funding for both schools and students.

“Our collective goals are to help effectively equip secondary and post-secondary schools. We aim to help them attract aspiring students and to properly prepare graduates to add immediate value as future employees of our industry. Independently and together, we have a number of initiatives under way to accomplish this goal. This donation on behalf of the Inter-Industry will greatly help the Collision Repair Education Foundation advance its mission,” Van Alstyne adds.

Clark Plucinski, Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director states, “Through the support of I-CAR on behalf of the Inter-Industry, the Collision Repair Education Foundation can continue to gain momentum toward its ultimate goal, to create a future in which every entry-level technician hired has graduated with the necessary skills and understanding of new technology to be well-trained, productive, and efficient employees from day one on the job.”

I-CAR plans to continue supporting the Inter-Industry by reinvesting in the community throughout 2013 and beyond. More information can be found on the I-CAR website,

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