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CREF awards Applied Technology Center with makeover grant

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Las Vegas, Nov. 2, 2011—The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) on Wednesday awarded its 2011 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant to Rock Hill, S.C.-based Applied Technology Center.

Applied Technology Center will be able to select $50,000 in supplies, tools and equipment to upgrade its collision program. The CREF will work with industry supporters to help fulfill the school’s collision program wish list.

The school was selected from more than 70 grant applications, according to the CREF.

"My goal is to have this shop stay ahead of the curve, in order to provide my students the best opportunity possible to enter this industry and successfully remain in it,” said Mark Dellinger, collision instructor at Applied Technology Center. “I am seeking creative ways to supplement the school funding for my program, enriching the opportunities for my students."

The Makeover school grant honors a high-performing school that has been doing an outstanding job in educating students in collision repair, but is in need of financial assistance to improve their program's teaching materials and equipment, according to the CREF.

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