The Luther Automotive Group

Vehicle donation at Dakota County Tech College helps further program

From left are Matt Carlson, Luther Automotive Group; Jeff Fowler, VW of America, DCTC Transportation and Industry Dean Chad Sheets and automotive instructors Matt Boudinot, Jeffrey Copeland and Mark Brantner.

From left are Matt Carlson, Luther Automotive Group; Jeff Fowler, VW of America, DCTC Transportation and Industry Dean Chad Sheets and automotive instructors Matt Boudinot, Jeffrey Copeland and Mark Brantner.

Partnerships with technical schools continue on a strong path with the latest connection to Dakota County Technical College, which received a car from Volkswagen of America thanks to coordination from Luther Automotive.

Luther Service Specialist Matt Carlson worked with VW to obtain a 2011 Jetta for use by the automotive program valued at more than $17,000.

Filling gap, sharing technology
The German designed machine fills a gap in vehicle types at the school, explains Chad Sheets, dean of the Transportation and Industry program.  DCTC has nearly 100 automotive students, and a waiting list for people who desire entry into its programs, Carlson explained.

In other tech school news, Westside Volkswagen Shop Foreman Scott Vick and Andrew Willman, Bloomington Kia Service Manager, offered teaching sessions to students with the latest diagnostic tools used at dealerships.

Willman and Kia technician Nick Stene fielded questions, meeting with four small groups and demonstrated how the latest computer systems interact with new cars for diagnosis.  The manager said it’s crucial to understand the schematics and wiring diagrams, and how the data flows to each module in the vehicle. “The students seemed very engaged and interested,” said Willman.

Carlson invited the instructors to tour the company’s dealerships and learn more about the company.

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