Auto Programs Receive $40,000 Donations
Highland Community College�s auto program received a �nice step up,� according to Scott Anderson, Dean, Business and Technology. Recently, General Motors donated a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu worth over $20,000, and Skyline Community College added four new Lexus transmissions also valued at $20,000 to the program. funny pictures
The gold-colored Malibu will remain in HCC�s auto shop so students can test the latest technology on vehicles, including the automobile�s brake systems, valves, and multitude of sensors. According to Anderson, the Lexus transmissions have high precision, quality, and newness that are one of their greatest assets. funny images
�So much changes regularly,� Anderson explained, �We have our hands on the latest technology available. Our students have a unique, real-world ability to physically see, use, and manipulate these transmissions and vehicle. We have greatly expanded our learners� breadth of knowledge which will be a real asset when they enter the workforce.�
Jim Palmer, Automotive Technology Instructor, attended a conference early in 2008. While networking, he met with faculty from the Skyline Community College in San Bruno, California. They mentioned they had four Lexus transmissions they would be happy to donate to Highland�s auto program. funny photos
Highland offers programs in Auto Body Repair (AAS), Basic Automotive Service (Certificate), and Automotive Technology (AAS). In the Auto Body Repair program, mechanics-in-training will use the GM donations to master the fundamentals of repairing vehicles and their components. Basic Automotive Service students will practice working on automatic transmissions and air conditioning, engine performance and repair, suspension and steering, and brakes. Taking the donations one step further, students in the Automotive Technology program train in the areas of computerized engine controls, air conditioning, transmissions, alignments, brakes, and engine overhaul. In all three programs, learners will use these donations to apply their classroom knowledge during hands-on time in the technologically advanced shop area.
�This came in at the perfect time,� Anderson concluded, �We can�t wipe the smiles from our faces.�
General Motors made their donation through Gifts In Kind International, the world�s leading charity in product philanthropy.
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