September 18, 2008

I-CAR(R) Education Foundation and CCC Information Services Inc. Announce Third Offering of Student Repair Technician Scholarships

CHICAGO and HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- CCC Information Services Inc. today announces its third year of offering the CCC Michael Salvatore Memorial Student Repair Technician Scholarship Program. Administered by the I-CAR Education Foundation, the scholarships were initiated to address the collision repair industry's need for qualified technicians.

The U.S. Department of Labor's 2007 employment study indicates that the employment of automotive body repairers is expected to increase 12 percent nationally over the next eight years. In addition, more than 11 percent of the employed collision repair workforce is leaving our industry each year. Insurance appraiser employment, another prominent career opportunity requiring a similar educational background, is projected to grow by 13 percent over the next eight years.

"The scholarship gives CCC an opportunity to help contribute in a way that benefits everyone involved," said CCC Automotive Services Group General Manager Jim Dickens. "Statistics from the I-CAR Education Foundation continue to show a need to recruit, educate and retain technicians in the collision repair and insurance industries. We're pleased to continue supporting the program and its successes."

The CCC Michael Salvatore Memorial Student Repair Technician Scholarship Program will award scholarships to students currently enrolled at five schools, and has a combined value of $25,000. Schools participating in the CCC Michael Salvatore Memorial Student Repair Technician Scholarship Program were selected based on criteria that include ASE-certification, curriculum and geographic location.

   The following is a list of participating schools:    -- Bridgerland Applied Technology College, Logan, UT   -- Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI   -- Nashville Auto-Diesel College, Nashville, TN   -- Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA   -- Universal Technical Institute, Houston, TX    

Russell Thrall III, Interim Executive Director of the I-CAR Education Foundation stated: "It is a pleasure to work with CCC Information Services to administer this scholarship program and reward these talented, future collision industry employees. CCC's scholarship program will provide funding to help students receive valuable training before entering the collision workforce."

In addition to the scholarship program, CCC supports the I-CAR Education Foundation through a donation presented annually at NACE.

To learn more about the CCC Michael Salvatore Memorial Student Repair Technician Scholarship Program, contact John Harris at 312.229.2693. All five eligible schools receive a letter and student application for this scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the end of 2008. Applications are now being accepted.

About the Participating Schools

Bridgerland Applied Technology College: Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC) is one of the nine applied technology college campuses in the state of Utah. It was officially organized under the State Board of Vocational Education and funded by appropriations from the Utah State Legislature in January of 1971. A special session of the Utah State Legislature in June 2001 restructured the governance of this campus and established BATC, a Utah College of Applied Technology campus. BATC programs generally feature an open-entry/open-exit competency-based individualized learning and teaching model. This model is a progressive educational tool unique to the Utah College of Applied Technology and its campuses.

Fox Valley Technical College: Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) is committed to helping people reach their potential through education and training for employment. The college offers more than 80 associate degree and technical diploma programs, nearly 120 short-term certificates, and instruction related to 20 apprenticeship trades in addition to providing services to business and industry. Each year, the college serves nearly 50,000 people throughout its five-county district. For more information, visit the FVTC web site at

Nashville Auto-Diesel College: Nashville Auto-Diesel College (NADC) strives to meet its mission of excellence by offering the comprehensive training and education necessary to prepare graduates for initiating a life-long career in their chosen technical area. At NADC, students not only receive hands-on training in the auto-diesel, collision and refinishing repair, or high performance industries -- but also build a solid foundation for a successful and rewarding future.

Pennsylvania College of Technology: Pennsylvania College of Technology is Pennsylvania's premier technical college and a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University. More than 6,500 students are enrolled in Penn College's bachelor degree, associate degree, and certificate majors, which combine hands-on experience with theory and management education. Degrees offered represent more than 100 career fields ranging from manufacturing, design, transportation, construction, and natural resources to hospitality, health, business, and communication. The college offers an associate's degree in Collision Repair Technology and a certificate in Collision Repair Technician. Graduates of the associate degree program may complete a bachelor's degree in Automotive Technology Management via distance learning or on campus. For more information, visit

Universal Technical Institute, Inc.: Universal Technical Institute (UTI) is a nationwide provider of technical education training for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, and marine technicians. Through its campus-based school system, UTI offers specialized technical education programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute, and NASCAR Technical Institute.

About CCC Information Services

CCC Information Services Inc., headquartered in Chicago, is a leading supplier of advanced software, communications systems, Internet and wireless-enabled technology solutions to the automotive-claims and collision-repair industries. Its technology-based products and services optimize efficiency throughout the entire claims management supply chain and facilitate communication among approximately 22,000 collision-repair facilities, 350 insurance companies, and a range of industry participants. For more information about CCC Information Services Inc., visit our web site at or contact John Harris of CCC at 312-229-2693.

About I-CAR Education Foundation

The I-CAR Education Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to securing donations that support philanthropic and collision repair education activities that promote and enhance career opportunities in the industry.

CCC Information Services Inc.

CONTACT: John Harris of CCC Information Services Inc., +1-312-229-2693,[email protected]; or Melissa Marscin of I-CAR Education Foundation,1-888-722-3787, Ext. 282, [email protected]

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