Ford donates F-250 to Northeast Tech Pryor

Ford donates F-250 to Northeast Tech Pryor
Posted on 06/04/2018
Ford donates F-250 to Northeast Tech PryorStudents in the Auto Service Program at Northeast Tech’s Pryor Campus will have quite the surprise when they return from summer vacation to find a new Ford F-250

“I was shocked, when I got the news,” said Auto Instructor Alex Schmidt. “Last year we received a 2016 Mustang from Ford, but before that, the last donation came in 2009. Back-to-back donations – this normally doesn't happen.”

Schmidt’s program was selected to receive the truck after a nation-wide review of programs.

“We were selected for a couple of reasons,” Schmidt said. “First, the amount of students we've had graduate from the Ford Maintenance and Light Repair Program, and second, the number of students from our program who have gone on to work for Ford and Lincoln dealerships.”

The car – a 2017 Ford F-250 – suffered minor flood damage, but after removing the truck’s interior to assess the damage, Schmidt is confident he and his students can have it running in short order.

“The flood got into the cab and caused a short in the computer that controls electrical components in the body of the truck,” said Schmidt. “It doesn’t run right now, but we can get it going again pretty quickly.”

The truck will be used as one of several trainers for Schmidt’s students to practice what they learn in the classroom.

“Having access to a vehicle like this enables us to train with the latest technology Ford has to offer,” said Schmidt. “That’s good for my students who plan to go to work for Ford, and it’s good for Ford, because they will get technicians who are already familiar with the newest makes and models of Ford vehicles.”

Despite the flood damage, the truck is valued at $40,000, and represents a significant addition to the training equipment in Schmidt’s program.

“For a Tech Center to get a trainer vehicle that’s this new, that hardly ever happens,” Schmidt said. “My goal is to keep up this trend.”

Thanks to the partnership with Ford, students enrolled in the Auto Repair Program at Pryor are not only benefitting from donated equipment, they also have the opportunity to obtain 37 different Ford certifications before completing the program at Northeast Tech.

“We don’t just teach repair on Ford vehicles, but these certifications are a major plus for our kids,” said Schmidt who has more than 300 Ford certifications. “We have several students who’ve already been hired at dealerships – even before they’ve graduated – so I think it’s safe to say this program gives them an edge over the competition.”
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