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College receives vehicle donation from Friendly Chevrolet

Local automobile dealer Friendly Chevrolet recently donated a 2013 Chevy Cruze sedan to the Automotive Technician program at Anoka Technical College. The donation will help students learn the latest technologies including the complex computer systems that manage all functions from anti-lock braking systems to transmission systems to park assist and lane change monitors.

“Cars continue to grow in complexity,” said Friendly Chevrolet’s Service Director, Gene Lynch. “It will take talented and skilled students to fix the cars of tomorrow. Instructors need the most up-to-date technology to fully prepare students to successfully enter today’s workforce as service technicians.”

Lynch’s relationship with the college fueled the idea of the donation.

“My son Tom is a current student in the Anoka Tech Automotive Technician program, and I was a member of the STEP Advisory Board. It was an easy decision for us at Friendly Chevrolet to donate the vehicle when, at an advisory board meeting, college instructors Chuck Edstrom and Dave Larson noted the need to update their training tools.”

“We are very grateful for the donation of the 2013 Chevy Cruze from Friendly Chevrolet,” said Kent Hanson, President of Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College. “We truly value their partnership in working with our program. Their donation provides a great service to our students, to our college and to the community as we educate future auto technicians.”

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Kent Hanson, President of Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College (right) and Dave Larson, college Automotive Technician instructor (left) gratefully accept the 2013 Chevy Cruze donated by Gene Lynch, Service Director (center) at Friendly Chevrolet to the college’s Automotive Technician program.

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