Automotive Industry Leaders Enterprise and Ford Partner to Expand Crash Engineering Program

Industry Partnership Will Solve National Shortage of Collision Technicians and Open Program’s Seventh U.S. School

ST. LOUIS, January 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Enterprise Holdings, through the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, today announced a strategic partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund to support the growth of the industry’s leading collision engineering program (CEP). industry. The new industry partnership will expand CEP to a new college that will become the seventh school to offer the two-year apprenticeship model, founded by Enterprise Holdings Foundation and Ranken Technical Collegeto attract and develop entry-level talent to fill critical roles within the collision repair industry.

The Collision Engineering program unites industry and education to foster pathways to rewarding careers in the automotive industry.

The Collision Engineering program unites industry and education to foster pathways to rewarding careers in the automotive industry.

The Ford Fund will provide scholarships to CEP students to avoid any barriers to student academic success. Ford Fund support will also fund program start-up costs, instructor training and school equipment such as lab equipment, and provide students with access to toolkits, uniforms, PPE, certifications , tuition assistance, assessments, and other student-centric resources in the New School.

“It’s an exciting time to support students pursuing careers in collision engineering,” said Michael Schmidt, Director of Economic Mobility at Ford Motor Company Fund. “As the automotive industry rapidly evolves, the need for bright minds passionate about technical careers becomes more important every day. Partnerships like these allow us to advance the next generation of cars faster and with greater impact. ‘engineers.’

With more than 110,000 new collision technicians needed between 2022 and 2026, according to the TechForce Foundation, a national public charity, the CEP is designed in collaboration with the automotive industry and encourages schools and leaders in the industry to work together to build a new generation of skilled, motivated and passionate collision repair professionals. Throughout the program, students learn both in classrooms and in modern collision engineering facilities where industry experts provide real-world education while students work towards achieving of their associate degree.

“Wide industry support is critical to addressing the labor shortage and skills gap, and to ensuring the success of the collision engineering program,” said Mary Mahony, Vice Chairman of Enterprise Holdings. “As a leader in the automotive industry, we are committed to addressing these challenges with our partners. We couldn’t be more excited to extend our long-standing partnership with Ford Motor Company, through its philanthropic arm, The Ford Fund, to increase access to the program and help meet this ongoing challenge of industry. »

CEP also partners with the TechForce Foundation to help administer Ford Fund scholarships for students enrolled in the program.

“This collaboration enables even more students who are passionate about the field of collision engineering to pursue their dreams,” said Jennifer Maher, Executive Director of the TechForce Foundation. “Today’s cars are computers on wheels, and technology is advancing rapidly. It takes a highly skilled technician – an engineer – who can properly maintain the paint and bodywork, calibration and mechanics needed to ensure the repair and vehicle safety. TechForce is honored to partner with CEP and the Ford Fund to administer the Ford Fund Scholarships.”

The program is currently active in six schools across the United States, including Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, Missouri; Lake County College in Grayslake, Illinois; Contra Costa College in St. Paul, California; Collin College in Allen, TX; Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas; and Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska. The seventh school to be opened with support from the Ford Fund will be announced in the coming months.

For more information on the collision engineering program, visit www.beacollisionengineer.com.

About Enterprise Holdings

Enterprise Holdings, Inc. is a leading provider of mobility solutions, owning and operating the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands through its integrated global network of independent regional subsidiaries. Enterprise Holdings and its affiliates provide a wide range of car rental, car sharing, truck rental, fleet management and retail car services, as well as travel management and other transportation, to make travel easier and more convenient for customers. Private company owned by the taylor Family of Saint Louis, Mo.Enterprise Holdings manages a diverse fleet of more than 2.1 million vehicles through a network of more than 10,000 fully staffed neighborhood and airport rental locations in more than 90 countries and territories.

About the Ford Motor Company Fund

As the philanthropic arm of the automaker, the Ford Motor Company Fund has supported local communities for more than 70 years. Working with nonprofits, community partners and across the Ford network in the United States and 43 countries, Ford Fund provides resources and opportunities that advance racial equity and empower people to achieve their full potential. Since 1949, Ford and Ford Fund have invested more than $2.2 billion in initiatives that ensure basic needs are met, provide access to essential services, offer tools to develop new skills and open pathways to high-quality jobs.

About the TechForce Foundation

TechForce Foundation is a national, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to advocate for all students to and through their education and careers as professional technicians. TechForce fuels the tech workforce by awarding more than $1.5 million annually in scholarships and grants to financially disadvantaged students; changes perceptions towards this evolving STEM career, “new necklace”; and offers local career exploration and workforce development programs. TechForce’s online social network of students, working techs, instructors, employers, industry professionals and enthusiasts committed to championing the tech workforce is the channel through which the charity provides its free resources, programs and career center to benefit aspiring techies. For more information, visit techforce.org. Follow us on TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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