Monday, June 20, 2016
Ford dealerships near Buffalo and Rochester have donated vehicles, as well as supporting equipment, to various BOCES as part of the second annual Ford Future Techs initiative.
The philanthropic program aims to better prepare students for careers in automotive technical repair by providing schools with the latest technology. In the second year of the program, the two Ford Future Tech Committees selected Erie 1 BOCES, Erie 2 BOCES, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES and Orleans/Niagara BOCES.
Through an application and careful selection process, the Ford Future Techs program donates a current (2013 or 2014 models) pre-owned Ford vehicle to an eligible automotive-repair program in the area.
“The Rochester-Area Ford Dealers are excited for the second year of the program, and remain committed to filling the industry need for qualified automotive repair technicians,” said Dom Genova, a Rochester-Area Ford Dealer and member of the Rochester-Area Ford Future Techs selection committee.
“By giving students access to current vehicles and technology, the Ford Future Techs program cultivates interest and skills in the auto tech field and produces credited and knowledgeable job candidates.”
The dealerships will continue to update and maintain technology needed so students can work on and learn about automotive repair.
“Our original goal for the program was to bridge the gap between qualified auto tech repair job candidates and the number of positions dealers are looking to fill, “said Peter DeLacy, a Ford Dealer near Buffalo and member of the Ford Future Techs selection committee. “As we enter our second year and donate three more vehicles to three more schools, we are making real strides toward closing that gap.”
Ford dealerships will also serve as an educational resource for students as they continue their career paths in the automotive industry.
“Our automotive teachers will be able to plan and deliver lessons that directly incorporate hands-on student interaction with the Ford vehicle's modern automotive technologies,” said Michael Capuana, director of career and technical education at Erie 1 BOCES.
Anedda R. Trautman, principal from Orleans/Niagara BOCES echoed Capuana’s sentiments and highlighted the impact that the Ford Dealer’s donation will have on students.
“Our students are going to benefit so much from this donation. The Ford Future Techs vehicle donation allows us to fully engage with the up-to-date computer technology that is central to the current and future of the auto tech industry. This is where the industry is going, and our students will be prepared,” said Trautman.
"Changes in vehicles come quickly these days, so it's important for our students to have the latest technology to work on in our lab," added Michael LoManto, auto technology instructor at Erie 2 BOCES LoGuidice Educational Center. "We're preparing these kids for college and careers, and donations like this give them the opportunity to hone their skills on the vehicles they will encounter when they leave school and enter the workforce."
“We are proud to be affiliated with the Ford Future Techs program. This donation furthers our industry-aligned laboratory space for our students,” said Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Career and Technical Education Executive Principal Jill Slavny.
To learn more about community events and philanthropic initiatives from the Rochester-Area Ford Dealers, visit: http://www.rochesterareaforddealers.com/communityevents.