The industry-leading Collision Engineering Program (CEP) has announced a new partnership with Crash Champions, one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing collision repair multi-shop operators (MSO), to sponsor eight CEP students from College of Lake County (CLC) in Grayslake, Ill. Using the apprenticeship model founded by Enterprise Holdings Foundation and Ranken Technical College, CEP students will apprentice at local Crash Champions repair centers throughout their two-year program, working alongside and learning from professional mentors in the industry.
As part of CEP’s emphasis on collaboration between schools and industry, students gain real-world experience from the very beginning of their program with eight-week rotations between lab or classroom instruction and apprenticeships at local collision repair centers.
"The growing demand for highly-trained collision repair technicians is well documented," Crash Champions Founder & CEO Matt Ebert said. "That’s why we’re determined to invest in the next generation of skilled technicians and partnering with CEP is a creative opportunity to expand those pathways. We believe in the apprenticeship model, and this is just another step forward in our overall vision to invest in the future of the industry."
With a growing network of more than 600 high-quality collision repair centers across the country, Crash Champions understands the need to invest in building a proven pipeline of talent and is committed to doing its part to address the demand. While this is the first time Crash Champions is sponsoring CEP students, both organizations are eager to expand the partnership to other CEP schools across the country.
"Schools don’t just need employers, we need partners," College of Lake County Automotive Collision Repair Instructor Octavio Cavazos said. "It takes an industry to raise a technician, and it’s about so much more than just giving our students a place to work. It’s a long-term commitment to being a mentor and guiding new collision engineers throughout their journey."