The donation from the Lisle-based company allows students in JJC’s diesel elective courses to gain practical experience in the areas of engine performance, brakes, electrical, and preventative maintenance.
“We are thrilled to receive this donation and truly appreciate the support Navistar has provided our program,” said Curt Ward, JJC automotive service technology professor. “This type of lab material is invaluable. Without this type of donation the program would be unable to provide these hands-on type experiences.”
Automotive students utilize an array of vehicles and modern equipment in JJC’s state-of-the-art facility. The program relies heavily on donated materials, with support from multiple manufactures, tier-1 suppliers, major dealers and distributors, as well as community members.
"Supporting STEM education is an important philanthropic goal for Navistar, and our truck donation program is a great example of practical help that can address a major industry issue – the ongoing shortage of qualified diesel technicians," said Kristin Sattayatam, director of community relations. “Navistar's donations will support meaningful, good-paying jobs by giving students hands-on experience working on real equipment they will encounter during their careers. Students, the community and the industry as a whole will benefit."
A recent review of the 2014 WorkStar trucks placed their value at $30,000 apiece.
“The program appreciates the support it receives from the college, industry partners and our community,” added Ward. “Without the support we would be unable to deliver the quality of program that allows our students to be successful when they enter the workplace.”
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