Career Education

CREF on Overcoming the Critical Tech Shortage

What is CREF? CREF stands for Collision Repair Education Foundation and is a national nonprofit and tax-exempt student organization under the Internal Revenue Service Code, Section (501)(c)(3). CREF is also a division of I-CAR (The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) and was created in 1991 to develop, promote, and distribute a curriculum program designed

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First Day of School: When a Collision Program Expands

As autobody training programs disappear across the country, an Arizona tech school tripled its same-course enrollment. Its instructor shares his perspective on what’s working. AUTOBODY SOURCE STAFF This April, we highlighted one of several bodyshops promoting enrollment in Honolulu Community College’s Auto Body Repair and Painting program, in our Summer 2021 issue. The college ultimately

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The Game Plan Series: How to Recruit More New Hires

SEMA took to Facebook to address the automotive technician shortage with a time-tested game plan for collision shops and schools to follow. AUTOBODY SOURCE STAFF On a SEMA Facebook Live chat this March, 30-year automotive aftermarket veteran and ASE Education Foundation educator Donna Wagner gave timely industry insights and advice for automotive program instructors, trainees,

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Island Customs: Guiding Hawaii’s Future Techs

Since 2017, Technical Director Todd Stogdell has donated expertise, supplies & mentorship to Honolulu’s oldest community college. Autobody Source Staff Honolulu means “sheltered harbor” or “calm port” in Hawaiian, and it’s a fitting home for the island’s oldest community college and its Auto Body Repair and Painting program (HCCABRP) located at Honolulu Community College. A

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TechForce Report Reveals Demand for Vehicle Technicians Continues to Outpace Supply by Nearly 3 to 1

Overall Gap in Supply and Demand of Transportation Technicians Continues to Grow Despite Slight Uptick in Diesel Certifications Phoenix, Ariz – August 31, 2020 – TechForce Foundation® has released its 2020 Transportation Technician Supply & Demand Report, that reveals the transportation technician shortage continues to worsen. The 2020 Technician Supply & Demand Report supplements the

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