Firewheel Golf Park
600 W Campbell Rd.
Garland, TX 75044
Friday, March 24th, 2017
In the 1980s, the collision industry was facing its first critical shortage of qualified and well-trained entry-level employees. The country’s technical education system was no longer able to produce enough high-caliber graduates to meet industry needs. In response, industry partners created the Collision Repair Education Foundation in 1991. The Foundation’s charge was to develop, promote, and distribute a curriculum program designed to teach the skills most needed by entry-level employees of collision repair shops. Today, nearly two-thirds of the 1,370 collision repair schools in the United States use the I-CAR Live or Advance-Tech curriculum.
But creating and providing a curriculum to meet collision industry needs was only part of the solution to the problem. Secondary and post-secondary schools nationwide have experienced severe funding cuts from national, state, and local sources. As a result, schools are unable to provide adequate funding for their collision training programs, despite full class enrollment. In addition, collision repair students traditionally have not been offered the same scholarship and financial aid support as their counterparts in other post-secondary educational institutions.