Hamilton, Ontario — Doing its part to give students access to the latest automotive technology, Ford of Canada and Eastgate Ford of Hamilton, Ont. partnered to donate a pair of vehicles to the Mohawk College Motive Power Programs.
The collaboration saw students receive a donation of a 2020 Ford Escape and 2020 Ford F-150 for use in their training.
Vice-president of academics at Mohawk, Alison Horton, said “Industry partnerships and contributions play a critical role in the high quality of education and training Mohawk provides.
“We are grateful to Ford of Canada and Eastgate Ford for their generosity and support of Mohawk College and the students in our Motive Power programs. These vehicles will provide Mohawk students with hands-on training on state-of-the-art vehicle technology.”
Eastgate’s operations manager Robert Fricker says he is happy to give back to students looking to enter the industry for the first time.
“We are proud at Eastgate Ford to have been able to donate these vehicles to Mohawk College and their students. Having modern technology in the classroom is important for these students and hands-on training with these vehicles will greatly benefit future technicians in the industry and at our dealership, said Fricker.
The donation is part of a nationwide initiative in which Ford of Canada donated a total of 95 vehicles to automotive technology educational institutions across the country. These vehicles were damaged due to flooding last year and have been deemed irreparable.
As part of this donation, Ford of Canada is providing Mohawk College students access to the company’s online Automotive Career Exploration (ACE) training. ACE is a partnership program between Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ford dealerships, and secondary and postsecondary institutions that aims to raise awareness and increase interest in career opportunities within the automotive industry.