State Farm donated a Dodge Avenger to the Kirtland Community College automotive department earlier this month.
“This is a newer vehicle — the newest car we have in our training fleet. It gives us a new sense of things,” Jacob Janisse, a Kirtland auto technology student from Roscommon, said. “We get to use some of the most current diagnostic training available to prepare us for what is really happening in today’s auto repair industry and what we can expect to find when we’re on the job.”
Robert Oakes, automotive technology instructor at Kirtland, initiated the successful donation process. He contacted State Farm Insurance and asked about the possibility of a vehicle donation to Kirtland’s automotive program.
“They said I would be informed if something came through the insurance auctions that fit our request of a Chrysler product, five years old or newer and drivable,” Oakes said.
A couple of weeks ago Oakes was notified that a 2013 Dodge Avenger was available.
“After looking over photos of the car, we decided it would benefit our program by providing a newer Chrysler product on which the students will be able to practice using Chrysler’s wiTECH system and reprogramming modules,” Oakes said. “It is partnerships such as this one with State Farm that enable Kirtland to ensure our students are experiencing the most up-to-date technology.
“Without such partnerships, it would be difficult to continuously upgrade equipment and vehicles. It opens doors to learning the newest diagnostic methods and procedures for our students.”