June 9, 2015—The Collision Repair Education Foundation is working with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) to reach out to military veterans who are interested in employment with the collision industry, the foundation announced on Tuesday.
Interested veterans are invited to attend the Cars, Careers, & Celebrities event on Sept. 18 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
The event will bring together high school and college collision students, veterans, industry employers, and sponsors. In addition to raising money for the Collision Repair Education Foundation, which will be invested in high school and college collision repair school programs, the program will also have a career fair. Attendees will be able to distribute résumés to industry employers, view demonstrations and hear from special guest speakers.
“The collision industry is a great place to build a career,” Duckworth said. “Veterans are employees who guarantee the quality of their work with their lives – and their dedication to their craft cannot be matched. I’m happy to support this event that brings good, quality jobs to some of our nation’s finest potential employees.”
Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode said in a statement, “As an Iraq War Veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, we are honored to work with Congresswoman Duckworth and her office in providing information about this upcoming event and the opportunity it presents to connect veterans to collision industry employers. There are many different industry segments and career opportunities within the $30 billion collision industry and we look forward to help introduce both the attending students and veterans to our event participants.”
Those interested in participating should email Eckenrode.