Oh what a feeling: Toyota Mississippi gives cars to community college program

Published 8:55 am Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Toyota Mississippi has donated 10 new model Corollas to Itawamba Community College’s automotive technology program to be used for hands-on training.

The company donated the 2020 model-year cars last week. In 2013, the school received seven cars.

The auto program’s head, Brad Crowder, says basically students pull out the cars’ engines and transmissions and put them back in.

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The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Toyota donated cars which were originally used to provide onsite training for team members at Toyota’s Blue Springs facility. The cars are valued at $139,000 but aren’t road-worthy. But officials say they’re drivable enough for students to dissect and put them back together.

Crowder says the program’s goal is to get students ready for the workforce by training on the newer technology.