Shoreline’s Toyota T-TEN program and Toyota Motor Sales support Tahoma High School students with donation

Tahoma High School automotive instructor, left, and Shoreline Community College T-TEN faculty member, Kevin Roner.

Tahoma High School automotive instructor, left, and Shoreline Community College T-TEN faculty member, Kevin Roner.

Shoreline Community College’s Toyota T-TEN program, in collaboration with Toyota Motor Sales, has recently donated two engines, a V8 and a V6, as well as three transmissions to Tahoma High School’s Automotive department.

The donation will help support the program that Tahoma High School instructor, Luke Thompson, has designed for his class and that supports up to 125 students. As high school programs have limited resources, the acquisition of the engines and transmissions will go a long way toward enhancing Thompson’s students’ learning and in building interest among those students in professional-technical careers that have a high employment rate coupled with high earning potential.

“The automotive industry continues to boom,” said Michael Boehm, Director of Shoreline’s Professional Automotive Training Center – Dealer Training Academy, “and skilled workers are in demand. That’s why we feel passionate about supporting students in Thompson’s program and others like it. Building a solid foundation of skills in high school, coupled with advanced training at Shoreline, puts these students well on their way to unlimited career prospects in the industry.”

The T-TEN program at Shoreline is a two-year cooperative program resulting in an Associate in Applied Arts & Sciences. Students spend alternating quarters in class and working in a sponsoring Toyota or Lexus dealership. T-TEN provides students with the fundamental skills to succeed in the workplace along with valuable hands-on experience.

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