A Minnesota high school’s automotive program got a big boost recently when it received an important mechanical component. An alignment machine that had been used by Luther Fiat in Bloomington is now being used by students to the north, in Moorhead High School.
Luther’s Matt Mraz said the Hunter equipment was no longer being used at the dealership but was still in working condition and had value. With the assistance of people at the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association, its Trash to Treasure program and Fiat, they learned that Moorhead High could really make good use of it. Automotive Instructor Lauren Rood led the team from Moorhead that picked up the machine and brought it back to the school.
In a letter of thanks, Rood wrote that the alignment machine means a lot to them for a number of reasons.
“We could not afford a piece of equipment like this on our own.” He notes that the Hunter unit is a recognizable industry standard and that students benefit from working with such equipment before going on to further education and the automotive industry.
Mraz estimates the machine now has a value of a few thousand dollars, and it will be useful to them and is working.
“It’s awesome that we’re able to help out that way,” he said. “We have got to do whatever we can to keep people interested in the business, in the industry.”
‘Trash to Treasure’ takes auto parts donations
Cuts to automotive education programs have caused some instructors to “dumpster dive” for used parts at dealerships. As a solution, MADA’s Collision & Service Council, which has ties to Luther Auto, is seeking scrap auto parts donations for use in school programs. The donations are tax-deductible and MADA lets dealers “adopt” schools of their choice for parts contributions. Check out MADA to learn more.