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I-CAR Donates $200,000 to Education Foundation

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March 21, 2013—I-CAR has donated $200,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation, the training organization announced Wednesday.

I-CAR said the donation is the largest monetary donation that the Education Foundation has received since it was founded in 1991. The money will be used to support the Education Foundation's philanthropic and collision repair education activities that promote and enhance career opportunities in the industry.

I-CAR said the donation was made possible through the industry's involvement in training. In 2012, I-CAR committed to set aside $1 for every I-CAR class attended to donate to the Education Foundation. The organization delivered nearly 200,000 “student units,” or 600,000 credit hours of training throughout 2012. I-CAR's board of directors decided to round the donation up to $200,000.

“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,” said Clark Plucinski, executive director of the Education Foundation.

I-CAR plans to continue supporting the inter-industry by reinvesting in the community throughout 2013.

“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," said John Van Alstyne president and CEO of I-CAR. “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 underway to accomplish this goal. This donation on behalf of the inter-industry will greatly help the Collision Repair Education Foundation advance its mission."

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