Toyota donates three vehicles to Southeast auto tech programs
Harlan, Ky. – Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky donated three cars to the automotive technology program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.
“Our strength is in our partnerships,” said Southeast President Vic Adams, “and I would like to thank Toyota for being such a generous partner in higher education. This gift to our automotive students will help us continue to offer them the very best education possible.”
Types of vehicles donated include Camry, Lexus, and Avalon and range from 2019-20 models, including one hybrid. These vehicles provide Southeast students the opportunity to learn the latest technology in the automotive world. The College would not have been able to purchase vehicles as frequently as needed to keep up with technology, so Toyota’s donations ensure Southeast students are at the forefront in the automotive field.
According to Jacob Craiger, Southeast’s new coordinator of automotive technology, “We are elated to receive this donation. Automotive technology is advancing rapidly, so having up-to-date vehicles is vital to prepare our students for today’s workforce. Toyota has been a great supporter of Southeast, and I am thankful for their continued partnership.”
The automotive technology program provides students with knowledge in troubleshooting, performing preventative maintenance, servicing, and repairing automobiles. The program prepares graduates for various levels of service technician jobs in the auto repair industry. Students can also become ASE certified.
“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.”
Photo Caption: Southeast automotive technology students from Harlan County High School pose with the Camry, Lexus, and Avalon recently gifted by Toyota Manufacturing of Kentucky.