Navistar, a commercial vehicle manufacturer, donated two trucks to Joliet Junior College’s automotive service technology program.
The donation of the two 2014 International WorkStar trucks 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, according to a news release.
A recent review of the trucks’ model placed their value at $30,000 each.
“We are thrilled to receive this donation and truly appreciate the support Navistar has provided our program,” said Curt Ward, a 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.”
JJC’s automotive students use an array of vehicles and modern equipment in the school’s state-of-the-art facility. The program relies heavily on donated materials, with support from multiple manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers, major dealers and distributors, and 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,” Kristin Sattayatam, Navistar’s director of community relations, said in the release.
Sattayatam also said that the donation will help support students in trying to earn “meaningful, good-paying jobs” in the field, with hands-on experience.