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U.S. Education Endowment Increased

Akzo Nobel’s Car Refinishes business in the USA has expanded the education endowment it awards to an initiative designed to help women pursue careers in the collision repair industry.

The company—which runs its own Most Influential Women in the Repair Industry program—has increased its support of the I-CAR Education Foundation.

I-CAR is a non-profit organization which works to attract quality, entry-level candidates to the collision industry and the endowment is used to help women continue their education in pursuit of a relevant career.

“Akzo Nobel, like I-CAR and the I-CAR Education Foundation, are deeply committed to the growth and development of the collision repair industry,” said Steven Gornall, director of marketing at Car Refinishes North America.

“The education endowment and the Most Influential Women program is just one example of the unique methods that we pursue to ensure that this industry is cultivated both today and in the future.”

Added Ronald Ray, executive director of the I-CAR Education Foundation: “The I-CAR Education Foundation is pleased to once again facilitate scholarships for females entering the collision industry, sponsored by Akzo Nobel.

“Last year we were able to help fund the continuing education of eight females that are serious about a career in collision repair and refinishing.

"With the expanded financial support of Akzo Nobel, we will not only offer the scholarships to ASE certified high school female students, but also post-secondary students attending ASE certified programs.”

(Released: July 22, 2004)

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