The Collision Repair Education Foundation and 3M announced 55 winners for the first round of the 2014 3M Hire Our Heroes awards. The winners include 50 students that are currently studying collision repair, and who have served or are currently serving in the military. Each winning student had the opportunity to select $2,500 worth of tools to help them in their education and for employment after graduation.
In addition, five collision students that have immediate family members that served or are serving in the military were selected as scholarship winners. Each student received a $2,500 scholarship to help with their education costs.
"The 3M Hire our Heroes program is all about helping our nation's military veterans get a good start in a great industry. Last year's veteran grant winners told us how important it was to them to get the tools they needed to get that start. We are happy we can continue to give to those who served our country and defended the freedoms we all enjoy," Dale Ross, US Marketing Operations Manager for 3M, said.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation is looking to help connect these students with industry businesses who would be interested in meeting and potentially hiring them. If your business is interested in hiring one of the winning students, please send your business information including location to the Collision Repair Education Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org and the organization will help introduce both parties for potential employment opportunities.
Dover Heroes EventAs part of its ongoing support of the military, the 3M Hire Our Heroes Program took a road trip to Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware in September 2014 to perform free vehicle detailing for spouses of deployed and fallen military members – restoring some 30 vehicles with services valued at nearly $10,000.
The recipients included families served by the Airman & Family Readiness Center, including the Air force Families Forever, the Air Force Wounded Warriors and the deployed families.
The team performing the vehicle detailing consisted of employees from 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division and Advance Auto Parts. The services provided included interior and exterior cleaning; waxing; vinyl, trim and molding restoration; and headlight restoration, all of which used 3M Auto Care cleaning, waxing and restoration products.