Hastings High School in Nebraska has recently received a generous donation of new tools and equipment for its automotive technology program. The donation was made by the Hastings Auto Dealers Association, which represents six local dealerships. The association donated over $10,000 worth of tools, including wrenches, sockets, pliers, screwdrivers, and more.
The automotive technology program at Hastings High School is one of the oldest and most successful in the state. It offers students the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in the automotive industry. The program has a partnership with Central Community College, which allows students to earn college credits and certifications while still in high school.
The donation of new tools will help the program to maintain its high standards and provide students with the best possible learning experience. The tools will also enable students to work on more advanced and modern vehicles, such as hybrid and electric cars. The program’s instructor, Jeff Karr, said that the donation was “a huge blessing” and that he was grateful for the support from the local dealers.
A Win-Win Situation
The Hastings Auto Dealers Association said that the donation was part of its mission to support the community and the future of the automotive industry. The association’s president, Mike Smith, said that the donation was “a win-win situation” for both the students and the dealers. He said that the students would benefit from having access to the latest tools and technology, and that the dealers would benefit from having a pool of qualified and trained technicians to hire from.
Smith also said that the donation was a way of showing appreciation to the program and its instructor, who have been producing quality graduates for many years. He said that many of the current employees at the local dealerships were former students of the program, and that they were proud of their alma mater.
A Bright Future
The automotive technology program at Hastings High School has been preparing students for the automotive industry for over 40 years. The program has a reputation for excellence and innovation, and has received several awards and recognitions, such as the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) certification and the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) student certification.
The program’s students have also participated in various competitions and events, such as the SkillsUSA state and national contests, and the Nebraska Auto Tech Challenge. The program’s graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in various sectors of the automotive industry, such as service, sales, design, and management.
The donation of new tools and equipment will help the program to continue its legacy and to prepare the next generation of automotive professionals. The program’s students and instructor expressed their excitement and gratitude for the donation, and said that they were looking forward to using the new tools and learning new skills.