Left to right with a 2020 Ford F-150 truck donated to UFV by Chilliwack Ford and Ford of Canada: Christy MacLeod, UFV Senior Advancement Officer, Peter Geller, UFV Vice-Provost, Interim Dean, Faculty of Applied and Technical Studies, Randy Kelley, UFV Director, School of Trades, Applied and Technical Studies, Steve Bamford, Service Manager at Chilliwack Ford, Marcus Curle, UFV Student in Foundation Automotive Technician Program, Dave Lanting, Fixed Operations Manager at Chilliwack Ford and Greg Wedel, UFV Assistant Professor, Automotive, Faculty of Applied and Technical Studies. (Submitted photo)

Left to right with a 2020 Ford F-150 truck donated to UFV by Chilliwack Ford and Ford of Canada: Christy MacLeod, UFV Senior Advancement Officer, Peter Geller, UFV Vice-Provost, Interim Dean, Faculty of Applied and Technical Studies, Randy Kelley, UFV Director, School of Trades, Applied and Technical Studies, Steve Bamford, Service Manager at Chilliwack Ford, Marcus Curle, UFV Student in Foundation Automotive Technician Program, Dave Lanting, Fixed Operations Manager at Chilliwack Ford and Greg Wedel, UFV Assistant Professor, Automotive, Faculty of Applied and Technical Studies. (Submitted photo)

UFV automotive students get hands-on training with donated Ford F-150

Ford of Canada and Chilliwack Ford have gifted a 2020 F-150 to automotive service students

Automotive service students at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) will get hands-on experience working on a 2020 Ford F-150.

The truck was donated by Ford of Canada and Chilliwack Ford, and arrived at the Chilliwack Trades and Technology Centre Wednesday. Ford of Canada is also providing students and faculty in UFV’s automotive service training program with access to their online Automotive Career Exploration (ACE) training.

ACE courses include everything from basic vehicle system fundamentals to some of the most current and detailed vehicle systems training like electrical, Powertrain and air conditioning.

These courses are the same ones Ford technicians complete when they receive specialty training in dealerships.

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“This is a perfect gift and as a student working on new vehicles it’s great,” said Marcus Crule, a UFV Foundation Automotive Service Technician program student. “I know how much this will help me and other students learn the technical skills we need to work on these complex vehicles in the real world. It’s an awesome help.”

“This helps our students prepare for their careers and means their first day on the job is not their first time encountering this type of equipment,” added Randy Kelley, UFV’s Director of the Faculty of Applied and Technical Studies. “Thank you Ford!”

Nationwide, Ford of Canada is donating 95 vehicles to educational institutions. These vehicles were damaged due to flooding last year and are unable to be repaired. Chilliwack Ford has cleaned and detailed UFV’s vehicle.

“Chilliwack Ford is a believer in the value of the automotive apprenticeship program, and our hope is that this donation will foster a strong working relationship between Chilliwack Ford and UFV’s automotive program,” said Dave Lanting, Fixed Operations Manager at Chilliwack Ford. “With increasing levels of technology and vehicle complexity, we want to encourage the best and brightest students to consider a career in automotive repair. Access to hands-on training with a state of the art vehicle will benefit everyone.”

Learn more about UFV’s Automotive Service program at ufv.ca/programs/automotive-service and learn more about Chilliwack Ford at chilliwackford.com.


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