Special partnership prepares students for their future careers

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP)- A partnership that has lasted for years brings new ways for students to advance in their future career.

“We have over 35 year relationship with them and over the years we have bought a lot of vehicles for them to look at; use as a training tool for their students,” says CEO of Matheny Motors, Mike Matheny.

For many years Washington state community college students have been provided hands on experience with cutting edge technology and equipment in their auto-diesel class.

The expensive equipment is provided through a partnership developed years ago between Washington State Community College and Matheny Motors.

President of Washington State Community College, Dr. Vicky Wood, talks about the partnership and how it not only benefits the students but also faculty and employers. “So we rely on our industry partners to work with us to help us develop innovated programs, innovative curriculum that meets the work force needs. And in addition to advising and working with our faculty, they often would loan us equipment that would be difficult for us to purchase on our own. So that we have the current, cutting-edge technology that we are using in the classroom to educate our students.”

The partnership prepares students and enables them to prepare for their future careers.

Assistant Auto/Diesel Technologies Teacher, Jeff Starkey, shares how it benefits the students. “It allows them to have a competitive advantage to enter the market place, when you have a truck like a 2018 that has the latest technology on it. They can actually identify the systems and identify part locations. We also, through Matheny, have the Daimler Trucks North American connect, which is an internet based service information system which is the same one that any freight liner or Detroit diesel dealership would have.”

Mike Matheny also shares how it benefits many. “They have been able to buy more diagnostic type of equipment that their students could use. And it has just blossomed from there. We bring them the new stuff, so that when they go out in the world and work for us or someone else, they are familiar with what it takes to work on a vehicle now; especially electronically.”

Students also makes trips out to one of Matheny’s garages to talk to technicians and see what a typical work day is like.

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