Thanks to an in-kind donation of 3 new engines and 3 new transmissions provided by Donovan Auto and Truck Center, students in WATC’s Automotive Service Technology Program will gain real-world experience on equipment used in today’s automotive industry.
Engine Repair and Automatic Transmission are the classes that will directly benefit from the donation, which is valued at approximately $10,000. Students will disassemble and reassemble the donated engines and transmissions, gaining experience through lab demonstrations and hands-on learning.
“Our current transmissions have been used for several years. These new engines and transmissions will replace older ones,” said instructor Joe Smith. “We really needed this.”
Les Donovan, owner of Donovan Auto and Truck Center and Kansas State Senator, spoke to the Automotive Service Technology students.
“What you do here is extremely important. Not every kid is getting a 4-year degree. These technical training programs are very important for the economy of our country,” said Les. This is not the first donation Donovan has contributed to this program and he spoke of prospective future donations as well.
“This is a win-win-win situation. Donations like this help the students, WATC, and Donovan Auto and Truck Center,” said Terry Smith, Department Chair for the program.
“It is because of the generosity and partnerships with businesses like Donovan Auto and Truck Center that we continue to enhance learning opportunities for our students at WATC. We value and appreciate these special relationships,” said Sheree Utash, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Learner Services.