Baker College of Clinton Township Ensures Donated Vehicles Benefit Tomorrow’s Auto Technicians

June 13, 2013

A Jeep rolling chassis is Chrysler’s latest donation

Baker Fleet – Cliff Carson
Program Director Cliff Carson stands next to Chrysler’s latest donation, the Jeep rolling chassis.
A two-thirds-cutaway Dodge Durango on display.
A two-thirds-cutaway Dodge Durango on display.
Auto components on display.
Auto components on display.

Baker College of Clinton Township’s new Jeep rolling chassis, a complete Jeep without a body that was recently donated by the Chrysler Group, has already been poked and prodded, and parts of it have been dismantled and reassembled several times.

It’s now part of the school’s fleet of 24 late-model vehicles used by students in the automotive services technology program to gain real-world experience repairing a variety of vehicles.

The Chrysler Group is a regular donor to the Baker program. Other recent Chrysler donations include a two-thirds-cutaway Dodge Durango, a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, and several engines, transmissions, and front-end components. General Motors (GM) has also donated engines and components.

Program Director Cliff Carson is appreciative of the donations, and said that the primary beneficiaries are the students. “They hone their repair skills on these vehicles,” he said. “We usually purchase new vehicles, so when we receive donations, we’re able to keep enrollment fees low and provide access to our classes for more people.”

Carson said that the auto companies and their customers also benefit because “their donations ensure that the technicians of tomorrow will gain experience working on the donors’ vehicles.”

Baker’s fleet includes cars, SUVs, trucks, vans, and even some hybrid vehicles, representing a variety of manufacturers.

Students who complete the automotive services technology program at Baker College earn certificates or associate degrees, and are prepared for jobs as repair technicians in independent and chain repair shops, auto dealerships, and fleet garages.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2012, the average annual salary for an automotive services technician was $39,060, with the highest 10 percent earning $60,070 per year and the lower 10 percent earning $20,810 per year.

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