Owensboro Community and Technical College Receives 3 Donated Toyota Cars for Automotive Program

A generous donation is giving automotive students in Kentucky a learning experience like no other.

Posted: Jul 6, 2021 7:35 PM
Updated: Jul 6, 2021 7:47 PM

A generous donation is giving automotive students in Kentucky a learning experience like no other.

Automotive Technology students at some Kentucky Community and Technical College System schools are about to get an upgrade in their education.

Toyota Manufacturing of Kentucky is donating 32 cars to 11 different KCTCS colleges for automotive technology programs.

These vehicles give students the opportunity to learn some of the latest technology in the automotive world.

Among the 11 schools to receive the donation was Owensboro Community and Technical College. The Dean of Academic Affairs, Stacy Edds-Ellis, told 44News, “Hands on learning is so critical to our career and technical students and this provides us the opportunity to do just that in the fall.”

Owensboro received three of the 32 cars. Students there will learn from a Camry, an Avalon, and a Lexus. “What is special about these cars is that they’re hybrids, so that’s an additional plus for our students to be able to learn on those as well,” Edds-Ellis says.

Without the donation, many of the KCTCS colleges might not have been able to afford to keep up with the constantly advancing field.

Edds-Ellis said, “[Students will learn] anything from service technician to brake repairs, to mechanics. So it runs the full gamut.”

This donation aims to keep KCTCS students at the forefront of the automotive field, by giving them an opportunity they otherwise might not have had.

“What would be different would be a lot of simulated experiences and possibly learning on older vehicles, so with this, we don’t have to do that. So that provides them with an experience that is relevant to today,” said Edds-Ellis.

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