Students at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology will have an additional tool to help them learn about the different parts of a car, how they’re assembled and how to properly identify them, thanks to State Farm Insurance Company from Tulsa. The company donated a car to the program – a 2008 Mazda 3, which will be a valuable tool on which students can learn.
Instructor John Pemberton said, “We will use the car for students to learn the correct nomenclature of a vehicle. This will be used in the students’ second semester classes and it will be very educational for them to learn the exact functions of each piece of the vehicle. It will allow students to know more about how to repair and assemble a car.”
Pemberton said Brad Blackim, State Farm Team Manager, donated the car to OSUIT’s program – one of several cars the company has donated in recent years. “Mr. Blackim has been a great partner to our automotive collision program by donating three cars for our students’ use over the years,” said Pemberton. “The benefit of the donations to the collision industry is that our students will be properly trained in disassembling, repairing and re-assembling damaged cars – then go out to work in industry as highly skilled technicians.”
The students in Pemberton’s Refinishing class who are working on the car are Chance McConnell from Poteau, Collin Huddleston from Broken Arrow, Kyle Hankins from Chickasha and Justin Stone from Poteau.