ACTON TOYOTA DONATES VEHICLE TO AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY
Posted on 11/01/2016
Students and staff in Nashoba Tech’s Automotive Technology program accept a donated 2008 Toyota Sienna minivan from Acton Toyota. Front row, from left, Zachary Hanks (sophomore, Townsend) and Nikko Lauziere (sophomore, Townsend). Back row, from left, Jordan Blair (sophomore, Harvard), Thomas Doty (sophomore, Ayer), Principal Matthew Ricard, Jonathan Baldwin (sophomore, Townsend), Mark Bentley from Acton Toyota, Adriel Martin (senior, Lunenburg), Dominic Leonardo (senior, Townsend), Albert Packard (senior, Shirley), Instructor Joshua Morin, Nicholas Fuller (senior, Ayer), Alex Crawford (senior, Shirley), Coordinator of Vocational/Technical Programs Paul Jussaume, and Jillian Hughes (sophomore, Littleton).
WESTFORD — Being an automobile mechanic these days isn’t the same as it was 10 years ago. Like the computers that operate most of their functions, cars are constantly evolving. So it’s imperative that the next generation of auto mechanics learn with vehicles that are as up-to-date as possible.With that in mind, Acton Toyota recently donated a 2008 Toyota Sienna minivan to the Automotive Technology program at Nashoba Tech.
Mark Bentley, shop foreman for Acton Toyota, is on the Advisory Council for the Automotive Technology program, and he heard at a recent meeting that there was a dire need for fairly new vehicles to be used to train students. Bentley said Acton Toyota is always willing to help train the upcoming generation because some of those students could end up working for him, and they need to be up to speed on automotive technology.
Richard Karamanian, one of the instructors of Nashoba Tech’s Automotive technology program, said the program is required by industry organizations to have donated vehicles. “It’s critical that these students meet the guidelines in such areas as steering and suspension, brakes, electrical and electronic systems, and engine performances,” Karamanian said. “In essence, working on a donated vehicle is an entryway for these students to start working on customers’ vehicles.”