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Donation will rev up Auto Tech programs

Experience can be the best teacher, and a generous donation from the Sewell Ford Lincoln and Ford Motor Company means the students in Ector County ISD auto tech programs are going to gain invaluable experience as they go through their classes.


Thursday morning, Sewell and Ford donated two V6 Mustang engines and a Ford Focus to ECISD. Tools that will let our students gain a deeper level of learning.


“Our kids come into this facility with the opportunity to have hands-on experiences and to fully understand what the world of work is about and what opportunities exist,” said ECISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott Muri. “Because of [this donation] we add a level of reality to the experiences that our kids are having.”


“The demand for automotive technicians has never been higher,” said Ford Motor Company’s John Tostanoski. This is a critical piece to the puzzle in growing our business. This is a positive move forward, to be able to provide this level of technology to students who are going to be part of our future workforce, who are going to have future prosperous careers.”


Collin Sewell, President at Sewell Ford Lincoln, spoke of his family’s commitment to Odessa and West Texas. He encouraged the students to choose a career they love, and joked that the good news for auto technicians is “cars and trucks break regardless of what the price of oil and gas is. Which means if you want to be a great technician it is a great career in a great industry.”


Mr. Sewell also challenged the students to stay in school beyond their high school graduation. “Education multiplies the doors of opportunity you have the chance to walk through,” he said. “My hope is, these engines and this car give you tools to learn an amazing trade, but more importantly, I hope you’ll not only finish this step in school but also choose to go out and find that next step.”


“Our responsibility is to educate tomorrow’s adults, tomorrow’s employees, tomorrow’s leaders,” added Dr. Muri. “We do that not by ourselves but in partnership with other people. Thank you to Collin Sewell, and Ford Motor Company. This will not only benefit the kids you see but also future generations of kids in our community.”

One of the engines sitting beside the donated car. Several students stand behind the car, inside an auto tech lab.

You can see more pictures from this event on our Ector County ISD Facebook page. Here is news coverage of the donation.