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Nissan Canada donates engines for tech training

Donated engines latest addition to Algonquin College’s Transportation Technology Centre

Published: May 16, 2012, 5:00 PM

Nissan Canada donates engines to Algonquin College

Nissan Canada has donated ten brand-new engines worth approximately $30,000 to Algonquin College, for use in training technicians at the school's Transportation Technology Centre.

Ottawa-based Algonquin College is the largest provider of automotive and transportation training programs in Eastern Ontario. Its state-of-the-art Transportation Technology Centre was opened in 2004 and has trained thousands of automotive technicians.

Misheck Mwaba, Academic Chair for the Mechanical and Transportation Technology department at Algonquin College, formally received the engines at a recent ceremony.

"We are so thankful that our students can study and practice on brand new engines" said Mwaba. "Our students need to keep pace with the latest technology in place in the automotive industry today, and this donation will help them do just that."

Nissan Canada’s relationship with Algonquin College dates back to 2006, when the company and three local dealers all stepped up to help address the shortage of skilled-trades at the time through a donation to the Algonquin College Foundation and the College’s Transportation Technology Centre.

These donations served to establish the Nissan Canada Inc. Bursary, available to students in the College’s Motive Power Technician Program.

"Nissan’s support of automotive training programs such as the one at Algonquin College, are an important aspect of Nissan’s charitable efforts," said Allen Childs, President of Nissan Canada.

This latest donation is one of the ways Nissan Canada helps ensure the Canadian automotive industry will continue to have a steady supply of skilled and job-ready professionals.