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Tech Center students welcome high-tech donation from Betten Baker GMC

Auto Service Technology students at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center stood wide-eyed as they saw their newest training tool–a 2017 GMC Sierra Denali donated by Betten Baker of Muskegon. The vehicle was damaged during transfer when its roof struck the bottom of an overpass.

Rather than sell the truck to a scrap yard, Fixed Operations Director Rick Ybarra (an advisory team member for the Tech Center Auto Service Technology and Auto Collision/Refinishing programs) appealed to his superiors to have the vehicle donated to the Tech Center. General Motors approved their request.
Donation to Tech Center

“I think technology is where we need to focus–where students are now, where they can be, and what they need for the future,” shared Ybarra. “We need to reach out to more of our people, not just our advisory team, but our locals, and say we can use your support.”

With the exception of customer vehicles, which are only available for student learning for a few days–at most, the newest vehicle on-site for demonstration was a 2001 Dodge Neon.

“The driving factor in everything we do here is to provide Muskegon County businesses with top-of-the-line technicians,” said Auto Service Technology Instructor Marshall Lystra. “The Neon served us well for basics like brakes and steering, but the GMC that Betten Baker donated is a Denali package, which means it is loaded with high-end features and modern technology. We’re really excited to have it in the shop.”

To learn more about the Auto Service Technology program, or any of the other 14 career training programs at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center click on the Classes link at muskegoncareertech.com. Five Oakridge students are impacted by this donation. Three Oakridge students are in the Auto Service Tech program, and 2 are in the Auto Collision/Refinishing program.

See the story WZZM13 did on this gesture, by clicking here.

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