Truck donation supports automotive students

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Mechanics in training at Northern Lights College got a new set of wheels to work on today.

Fort Motors donated an F-150 pickup truck and tire machine to the College's automotive training program, one of 95 vehicles being donated by the Ford Motor Company of Canada as part of a nation-wide initiative to support education.

Fort Motors Presidents Bud Williamson said he's happy to support local students, as they often come to work for the dealership.

“It’s good that they get work experience. It’s all cyclical,” said Williamson. "Our industry needs trade technicians, we want to see them do well, and bring them on board."

The donated vehicles were provided from stock that had been damaged by flooding, and Fort Motors cleaned and detailed the truck before it was donated.

Northern Lights College President Bryn Kulmatycki was on hand to see the truck delivered.

“It’s a significant contribution, and we really acknowledge it, we really appreciate it. It’s not often that we get state of the art equipment to our laboratories,” said Kulmatycki. “This way, students can get right into very modern high tech equipment and vehicles, and learn how it functions.”

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Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News