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Transportation Student Career Fairs

Shops, suppliers and other collision industry businesses around the country constantly discuss the lack of qualified help entering the workforce. The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) works hard to connect businesses with future employees. Half a dozen Spring 2023 High School & College Transportation Student Career Fairs have already been scheduled from coast to coast, providing industry employers with an ideal opportunity to get acquainted with thousands of incoming industry professionals.

“CREF’s Career Fairs offer a great forum for connecting collision industry employers with hundreds of students who have trained for entry-level positions and are prepared to begin their careers,” says CREF Program Manager Tiffany Bulak. “This engagement with future transportation industry professionals is vital for all segments of the industry – collision centers, dealerships and even paint, tool and equipment companies – as a means of generating brand awareness for the business that will help attract qualified help in the near future. Even more importantly, participation in CREF’s Career Fairs helps us showcase the diverse career paths available to the students in attendance and promote the industry as a viable industry that will sustain their futures.”

Spring 2023 High School & College Transportation Student Career Fair Schedule

  • March 3: World of Wheels Student Day Rosemont Center (Chicago, IL)
  • March 3: OKC Auto Show Bennett Event Center (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • March 9: Universal Technical Institute (Long Beach, CA)
  • April 11: Warren Tech Central (Denver, CO)
  • April 14: Tulsa Auto Show Expo Square (Tulsa, OK)
  • April 27: Rosedale Technical College (Pittsburgh, PA)

And stay tuned for additions at!

CREF helps connect students with employers across the country. CREF has also developed an electronic student resume database which contains contact information for over 600 collision students.

Interested in participating in an event listed above – or in collaborating with CREF to schedule one in your market? Contact CREF Program Manager Tiffany Bulak at

Unable to attend a career fair but still eager to get your company name in front of incoming technicians? Support local high school and college collision students by sponsoring work uniforms. Ensure the future workforce recognizes the value of looking professional. For a donation of just $50 per student, companies can provide students with a brand-new Cintas technician shirt (branded with your logo), work pants and a safety kit. Email to learn more.

Get involved and support the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s effort to assist collision repair training programs. Learn about the many ways to get involved. Make monetary donations  online.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting collision repair educational programs, schools, and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities. For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Education Foundation, visit us online at:

Transportation Student Career Fairs

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