ASE To Partner with Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) on Cars, Careers & Celebrities Event

Release date: 4/10/2017

Leesburg, Virginia, April 10, 2017 - The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is partnering with the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s (CREF) Cars, Careers & Celebrities event being held on September 15, 2017.

This is CREF’s third year hosting the event, which last year brought together over 400 high school and college collision students from 10 states. ASE will work with CREF to open the event up to both collision and automotive repair students. Cars, Careers & Celebrities will take place at Chicagoland Speedway (Joliet, Illinois) on Friday, September 15 in conjunction with the first race in The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title.

Hundreds of students from the Midwest and beyond are anticipated to attend. They will have the opportunity to meet industry employers, view product demonstrations, hold initial/mock interviews, potentially meet race car drivers, and more in the Chicagoland Speedway’s hospitality village area. There is no charge for high school and college automotive repair and collision students, instructors, and administrators to attend; however, pre-registration is required.

CREF Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode noted, “This event serves as a great ‘back to school’ kick-off by connecting students with the industry. By collaborating with ASE and inviting both collision and automobile schools, there could be nearly 1,000 students in attendance and this will prove to be a great opportunity for businesses to meet the future professionals of the industry.”

“We are excited to join forces with the Collision Repair Education Foundation in reaching out to automotive repair and collision students to spread the word about all of the great opportunities that are available in this industry,” noted Trish Serratore, ASE Senior Vice President and President of NATEF/AYES.

Companies interested in participating in the 2017 event should contact CREF Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847-463-5244.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was founded in 1972 as a non-profit, independent organization dedicated to improving the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians. ASE Certified technicians wear blue and white ASE shoulder insignia and display credentials listing their exact area(s) of certification. Their employers often display the blue and white ASE sign. Visit for more information.

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