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Ford Future Techs Program Donates 3 Vehicles

WNY Ford Dealers Accelerate Learning with Cutting-Edge Technology

The Western New York Ford Dealers capped off Teacher Appreciation Month this May by donating three current Ford vehicles and related technical and computer support to three Buffalo-area schools as part of the fourth annual Ford Future Techs initiative.
Erie 1 BOCES Kenton Career & Technical Center, Erie 1 BOCES Potter Career & Technical Center and Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career & Technical Center have been selected as the 2018 Ford Future Tech recipients. All three schools are part of the Ford Future Techs alumni network; Potter and Harkness schools were two of the original 2015 recipients and KenTon was a 2016 recipient. 
Created by the WNY Ford Dealers in 2015, the Ford Future Tech program supplies local high school automotive technical-repair programs with current vehicles and accompanying diagnostic technology to be used right in the classroom. The goal of the program is to better prepare students for careers in the automotive technical-repair industry by supplying up-to-date equipment and technology that mirrors what they will find in service centers after graduation.
Eligible schools that offer automotive technical education classes submitted applications to the Ford Future Techs Selection Committee. Application were carefully reviewed by the Ford Future Techs Selection Committee and the 2018 recipients were chosen to receive vehicle donations (2016 models).
“The auto tech repair industry as a whole needs qualified candidates to fill an increasing number of open positions,” said Scott Bieler, a WNY Ford dealer. “Over the past four years, we’ve made significant progress in tackling this issue here in Buffalo by investing in the classroom. However, the auto technology industry is a fast-paced one that is constantly changing, so our work is never done. Each year, new vehicle models loaded with updated electronic technology hit the roads and the service centers for repairs. It’s important that the WNY Ford Dealers keep supplying local schools with current models and diagnostic technology so students are honing their skills on the same technology they’d use in the field.”
The WNY Ford Dealers will continue to update and maintain technology needed to work on and learn about automotive repair.
“The vehicle donations will directly enhance the instruction of the Automotive Technology programs at Erie 1 BOCES’ three career centers: Harkness, Kenton and Potter,” said Anedda Trautman, associate director of career and technical education at Erie 1 BOCES. “Enabling high school students from 19 public school districts to have direct access to the latest automobile technology is critical to the students as well as the automotive repair industry.”

“Our automotive teachers will be able to plan and deliver lessons that directly incorporate hands-on student interaction with Ford's modern automotive technologies,” Trautman continued. “This donation will provide students with learning experiences that they’ll be able to seamlessly apply in their internships and in the world of work.”

The Ford dealers will also serve as an educational resource for students as they continue their career paths in the automotive industry.  
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About the WNY Ford Dealers:
The Western New York Ford Dealers are part of the Western New York Ford Stores, an advertising cooperative comprised of 39 dealer locations that provides support for Ford vehicle sales and service in the 13 counties of Western New York and Rochester, and three counties in Northern Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit:

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