AudaExplore pledges $150,000 in tool grants through CREF

June 16, 2014
AudaExplore, a Solera Company, working together with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, has pledged a three-year commitment of $75,000 in tool grants that will be awarded to all high school and post-secondary collision repair and refinishing students competing at the national SkillsUSA contest. By working together with industry companies and their student product discounts, the retail value of these tools will exceed $150,000. The tool grants are meant to recognize the student’s outstanding efforts in qualifying to compete at the national SkillsUSA event and help prepare them for a career within the collision industry.

“This donation aligns well with our LIFT charitable giving program, which focuses on helping those in need to build sustainable roots for lasting change,” said Rick Tuuri, VP of Industry Relations, AudaExplore. “The U.S. Department of Labor projected the employment growth of the automotive body segment to be 13 percent from 2012 to 2022. SkillsUSA and the Collision Repair Education Foundation have done a fantastic job enhancing career opportunities for students to take advantage of this growth and we are proud to be a part of it.”

SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence stated, “SkillsUSA is thrilled that AudaExplore is stepping up to support our students and the future of the collision repair industry.  And, we are very excited that the Collision Repair Education Foundation and AudaExplore are working together to support America’s future skilled workforce through this generous donation of tool grants for the SkillsUSA students who have reached a level of national excellence in their preparation and training for the collision repair and refinish industry.  This commitment from AudaExplore and the Collision Repair Education Foundation will help jump start the careers of young men and women who aspire to be the very best in their field of study and who will be the future leaders of our skilled and technical workforce.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Clark Plucinski noted, “I would like to commend AudaExplore in recognizing these students as they represent the ‘best of the best’ collision repair and refinishing students from around the country that have competed at the local and state level to earn the right to travel to Kansas City. It is important that the collision industry show these future industry professionals that they are valued and this student tool grant is an incredible display of highlighting their achievements.”

For additional information about AudaExplore’s LIFT program, visit Inter-industry organizations and individuals who are interested in supporting the Collision Repair Education Foundation in 2014 and increase the amount of assistance provided to collision schools and students should contact Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed‑ / 847.463.5244.  

About SkillsUSA: SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. The nationwide career and technical education student organization annually serves more than 300,000 high school, college and postsecondary students—and their instructors—in technical, skilled, and service occupation instructional programs. Career and technical education is learning that works for America. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 600 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. Over 11 million people have been annual members of SkillsUSA since its founding as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America on May 8, 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety. For more information, go to:

About the Collision Repair Education Foundation: The Collision Repair Education Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to securing donations that support philanthropic and collision repair education activities that promote and enhance career opportunities in the industry. For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Education Foundation visit us online at:

About AudaExplore
As owners expect greater service throughout the life of their vehicle, AudaExplore helps businesses reimagine the ownership experience through its proven data-driven solutions. By delivering global data, easy-to-use technology and deeper insights into the ownership lifecycle, AudaExplore is leading the industry in making insurance carriers, repairers, dealerships and fleet owners more competitive and profitable. AudaExplore is a business unit of Solera Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SLH), the leading global claims solutions provider serving the automotive industry. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter at @AudaExplore_.

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