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Toyota Donates Camrys for TCAT Auto Tech Program

COVINGTON, Tenn. (Sept. 4, 2015) — Students in the Automotive Technology program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Covington receive training for servicing and maintaining automobiles, and now they have two of the country’s top selling cars to prepare them for jobs in today’s auto industry.

Students will use the two recently donated Toyota Camrys, one a hybrid model, to learn about maintenance, diagnostics, technical specs and other related skills to enhance hands-on training through direct contact with vehicles on the road today.

“Toyota’s investment in us speaks volumes,” said Youlanda Jones, TCAT-Covington’s director. “We are committed to changing and evolving with industry demands, and it’s important for our students to have an opportunity to use the same types of equipment they will see in the field.

“This donation provides us with needed updated equipment to remain on the cutting edge of advanced manufacturing and workforce development and training.”

Camry is Toyota’s best-selling vehicle and has been the overall top selling car in the U.S. for the past 13 years.

The two vehicles were donated by Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky, located in Georgetown, where the Camrys are made.  They were used by the manufacturing facility as pilot vehicles for training and quality investigation.

The gift was announced at the TCAT in Covington today by Senator Mark Norris and coordinated with Toyota Bodine in Jackson, Tenn., where the aluminum castings for the Camry’s engine blocks and transmission casings are manufactured.

“Toyota is pleased to provide these vehicles to the TCAT and hopes they will be valuable to students pursuing an education in the Automotive Technology Program,” said Shawn Daly, General Manager of Toyota Bodine in Jackson.  “We know TCAT-Covington offers an outstanding program and does a great job preparing students to have successful careers.  We’d like to think that many TCAT grads will someday work for Toyota,” he said.

The TCAT-Covington provides technical skills and professional training programs in a variety of career fields for students in the region and a skilled workforce for employers. It is one of 27 colleges of applied technology across the state created to help citizens advance in a competitive job market while ensuring that businesses and industry have access to qualified employees.

In addition to automotive technology, the TCAT at Covington offers programs that include Computer Information Technology; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; Industrial Maintenance Technology; Machine Tool Technology; Welding Technology; Practical Nursing; and Administrative Office Technology, among others. For more information, visit or call 901-475-2526.

The TCATs are part of the Tennessee Board of Regents, among the nation’s largest higher education systems. The TBR system includes 46 post-secondary educational institutions — six public universities, 13 two-year colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology, providing programs across the state to nearly 200,000 students.