California's Cypress College to Host an Open House in September -

California’s Cypress College to Host an Open House in September

The open house will showcase how the collision program utilized the money it received through the Collision Repair Education Foundation's 2011 Solera Holding, Inc's California Matching Makeover Grant.

Hoffman Estates, ILCypress College (Cypress, CA) has been awarded a portion of Solera’s Matching Makeover grant through the Collision Repair Education Foundation

The Solera grant was made available exclusively to California secondary and/or post-secondary schools, and Cypress College received $50,000 of needed tools, equipment and supplies that benefit its collision program.

a $25,000 grant was a portion of the $100,000 donation made to the Collision Repair Education Foundation in 2010 by Solera, Holdings, Inc. and its CEO, Tony Aquila, the largest cash donation ever received by the not-for-profit organization.

Current industry supporters of the California Matching Makeover grant program for Cypress College that will fulfill the second $25,000 of the grant included: 1-800-Radiator & A/C, ALLDATA, Assured Performance Network, Chilton Auto Body, Collision Services, Crockett’s Premier Autobody, FIX Auto, Hobart, Matco Tools and Oakland Autobody

The school will hold an open house September 25 to showcase how the collision program utilized the money it received through the California Matching Makeover Grant.

During the event, the school also will recognize the companies that donated products and funds to make the 2011 California Matching Makeover school grant program a success.

The tentative agenda for the day:
2:00pm-2:30pm — Program
2:30pm-3:30pm — Open House (attendees can visit the collision repair building and meet with students and instructors and take a tour of the collision program and other areas of the school.

“Solera is truly pleased to provide and sponsor the Matching Makeover grant program for Cypress College through the Collision Repair Education Foundation,” said Rick Tuuri, VP of Industry Relations for Audatex, a Solera Company.

“It is important to Tony Aquila that we make a lasting difference for collision repair students, and transforming Cypress College helps to achieve that goal.  At Solera, we believe that Life Is Full of Transformation. 

"As a result, we have developed our L.I.F.T. program, to help others succeed through their life changes.  We would also like to thank the additional industry partners that have come on board to participate in this Matching Makeover grant program for Cypress College. Only through industry members coming together to support its future professionals will we have the greatest impact," Tuuri said.

Cypress College Auto Collision Instructor Dan Snook said, “As the recipients of the 2011 California Matching Makeover grant sponsored by Solera and Tony Aquila, the Cypress College Collision Repair Technology Department staff and students express their appreciation. Collision technical schools, ours included, are dependent upon industry partnerships such as this.

"It is the support of partnerships and educational grants that make it possible to train students at the highest level. Future technicians receive hands-on training using the latest equipment and products provided by our industry partners, ensuring students will be trained to the highest level before entering the automotive collision repair industry.”

Industry members interested in participating with the Solera Matching Makeover grant for Cypress College through monetary and/or in-kind product donations, can contact Associate Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode at [email protected] or 847-463-5244.

About Solera Holdings, Inc.
Solera is a leading global provider of software and services to the automobile insurance claims processing industry. For more information, refer to the company’s website at


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