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Caliber, ABRA award student scholarships through Education Foundation

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June 11, 2012—The Collision Repair Education Foundation recently announced the recipients of collision repair student scholarships made available this spring by Caliber Collision Centers and ABRA Auto Body & Glass.

The Education Foundation said two collision students from Universal Technical Institute were awarded with $4,000 scholarships from Caliber Collision Centers. The scholarships, which will help pay for school tuition costs, were presented to Alejandro Gomez of Universal Technical Institute in Houston, and Matthew Andersen of Universal Technical Institute in Sacramento, Calif.

“Caliber Collision has a long-standing commitment to workforce development. Our commitment to the Collision Repair Education Foundation is our way of ensuring young adults see our industry as a challenging and profitable profession,” said Mark Sanders, chief operating officer for Caliber. “We congratulate Alejandro and Matthew and wish them great success in our industry.”

ABRA Auto Body & Glass also awarded eight secondary and post-secondary collision repair students with a $2,000 tool grant. The Education Foundation said each recipient of the grant was able to select $2,000 worth of tools and equipment from the NATEF tool list.

ABRA presented its 2012 tool grant to the following students:

• Angel Cardenas of Maxwell High School of Technology in Lawrenceville, Ga.
• Joshua Castillo of Universal Technical Institute in Houston
• Karl Liufau of Universal Technical Institute in Houston
• Daniel Norlander of Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis
• Kolton Perschbacher of Warren Technical School in Lakewood, Colo.
• Kristopher Roof of Aims Community College in Windsor, Colo.
• Christina Sepulveda of Nashville Auto Diesel College in Nashville, Tenn.
• Luis Sotelo of Aims Community College in Windsor, Colo.

“This is a terrific way for companies like ABRA Auto Body & Glass to give back to our industry. As collision repairers, we have an obligation to support these students that will be the backbone of the repair industry in the future,” said Tim Adelmann, executive vice president of ABRA.

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