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OCC Foundation Purchases Lift for Automotive Program

Lift PhotoAs Olney Central College’s Automotive Service Technology instructor, Tyler Boyles continually strives to improve the program and its facility. This fall students will have access to a new lift purchased with funding from the OCC Foundation.

Boyles said the acquisition of a third lift will enable students to undertake more projects in this hands-on program. Students also will benefit from learning how to operate the lifts, which they will encounter in the workforce.

“The classes have 15 to 20 students and we are very thankful to have the new lift,” Boyles said. “We are grateful to the Foundation. We would not have this equipment without their help.”

With the need for skilled automotive technicians continuing to increase, Boyles said now is great time for both recent high school graduates and individuals looking for a second career to enter the program.

“There is a huge gap in the workforce right now with the baby boomers retiring,” he said. “That need for trained technicians makes our program even more important.”

OCC’s Automotive Service Technology Program is currently accepting students for the fall semester. For more information, call 618-395-7777 or visit www.iecc.edu/occ. Classes start Aug. 17.

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