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Toyota Donates Vehicles to Auto Tech Programs at Local Kentucky Colleges

Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky has donated nearly three dozen vehicles to 11 colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Posted: Jul 6, 2021 10:59 AM
Updated: Jul 6, 2021 1:40 PM

Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky has donated 32 vehicles for automotive technology programs to 11 of the colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

Among the institutions that received the donated vehicles were Madisonville Community College and Owensboro Community and Technical College.

Types of vehicles donated include Camry, Avalon, and Lexus and range from 2018-2021 models including several hybrids.

KCTCS says that many of the colleges would not have been able to purchase vehicles as frequently as needed to keep up with technology, so Toyota’s donations ensure KCTCS students are at the forefront in the automotive field.

“We are extremely appreciative of this gift from Toyota,” KCTCS President Paul Czarapata said. “Technology changes rapidly so these new vehicles will help students be prepared to walk out of college and step into a high-demand career.”

The automotive technology program provides students with knowledge in troubleshooting, performing preventative maintenance, servicing, and repairing automobiles. The program prepares graduates for entry-level service technician jobs in the auto repair industry.

“We believe it’s our responsibility to partner with educators to support career readiness programs that help develop our future workforce,” said Kim Ogle, Toyota Kentucky corporate communications manager. “Our goal is help prepare students for future workforce success and expose them to an industry that is a vital component of Kentucky’s economy.”

Other KCTCS colleges that received vehicle donations include Ashland Community and Technical College Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Gateway Community and Technical College, Hazard Community and Technical College, Jefferson Community and Technical College, Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, and West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

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