Ford of Canada and Wayne Pitman Ford Lincoln in Guelph have donated a 2020 Ford F-150 to Conestoga's School of Trades & Apprenticeship that will provide students in automotive service programs with hands-on learning in the latest vehicle technology.
Ford of Canada and Wayne Pitman Ford Lincoln donated a 2020 Ford F-150 to Conestoga's School of Trades & Apprenticeship to provide students in automotive service programs with hands-on learning in the latest vehicle technology.
The donation is part of a nationwide initiative in support of automotive programs. Ford of Canada is donating 95 irreparable vehicles that were damaged due to flooding to institutions across the country. Wayne Pitman Ford Lincoln prepared the Ford F-150 for donation to Conestoga.
"Driving the community, as we like to say, is a part of our DNA here at Wayne Pitman Ford Lincoln. We have been owned and operated by the same local family for over 45 years and have always made it a priority to give back to the community we work and live in," said Wayne Bricknell, Dealer Principal at Wayne Pitman Ford Lincoln. "Ford Motor Company embodies those values as well, and we are very grateful for Ford of Canada's support and generosity in helping us provide this vehicle to Conestoga College. We are proud to have many graduates of Conestoga's automotive program working at our dealership today. We see outstanding value in the program and are happy to contribute to the learning process for the next generation of students."
As part of the donation, Conestoga students will also have access to Ford of Canada's online Automotive Career Exploration (ACE) training. The program, delivered in partnership between Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ford dealerships, and secondary and post-secondary institutions, helps raise awareness and increase interest in career opportunities within the automotive industry. Students enrolled in a Ford ACE partnership school obtain valuable knowledge of Ford vehicle systems through specialty training, including new models, electrical systems, steering and suspension, and brakes. The training is a subset of the same program current Ford technicians complete in dealerships.
"We greatly appreciate the support from Ford of Canada and local dealer, Wayne Pitman Ford Lincoln," said Conestoga President John Tibbits. "The vehicle donation will enrich student learning as the college trains the next generation of automotive technologists with the current and relevant skills needed to address the shortage of skilled trades workers."
Conestoga is a provincial leader in the delivery of trades and apprenticeship training to serve industry needs and the growing community. Comprehensive programming includes a wide range of post-secondary trades programs that provide pathways to employment in skilled trades careers as well as pre-apprenticeship training and in-school training for apprentices.
For more information, visit the School of Trades and Apprenticeship.