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Audatex reaches $1 million in software donations

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Dec. 9, 2011—Audatex North America Inc. has donated more than $1 million worth of estimating software to vocational and technical schools through its Educational Institutions Program, according to a statement released by the company Thursday.

The Educational Institutions Program, launched by Audatex in 2010 in partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), provides a comprehensive software and training package to U.S. vocational and technical schools for free. Schools must complete the online Collision Repair School Solutions survey conducted by the CREF in order to qualify for the package.

Rick Tuuri, vice president of industry relations for Audatex U.S., said 43 schools in seven states have received the estimating software and training donation during the last 18 months. Audatex estimates that more than 2,000 students now have access to the product.

"The free online training, available as part of the Educational Institutions Program, has been especially welcomed by the schools,” Tuuri said. “Since Audatex is a member of the I-CAR Industry Training Alliance, select Audatex training courses qualify for points that apply to the I-CAR Gold Class Professionals and Platinum Individual programs. Now, not only do students receive quality training, but they also get the opportunity to qualify for I-CAR points, bringing more value to their prospective employer."

"When we launched the Educational Institutions Program last year, our goal was simple—to support future industry leaders with best-in-class technology tools and drive excellence in the collision repair industry," said Wolfgang Ahrens, managing director of Audatex U.S. "We are very pleased to announce that Audatex has, to date, contributed more than $1 million in software and training support to vocational and technical schools. These schools will now get the opportunity to train their students on leading edge estimating and collision repair software from Audatex. We look forward to working with the foundation and schools to further expand this program."

For more information on Audatex’s Educational Institutions Program, visit

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