The Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education recently awarded Southwestern Community College’s automotive programs a $5,700 grant to purchase a refrigerant recovery machine to be utilized by students in the programs.

With the new refrigerant found in today’s automobiles, this piece of equipment was necessary to train students so they are prepared when they enter the workforce. The machine will be used in the automotive repair technology program, as well as the auto collision repair/refinish program.

According to Jeff Sorensen, SWCC automotive repair technology instructor, the grant review committee was excited the technology would be reaching so many students at the college.

“We constantly strive to provide students with exposure to emerging technology during their time at Southwestern,” Sorensen stated. “The addition of this machine from the IADA will be a huge asset for the 50 or more students who go through our programs each year.”

Both automotive programs at SWCC are ASE/NATEF-certified and offer one-year diploma programs, as well as two-year Associate of Applied Science degrees. The automotive repair technology program serves both high school and post-secondary students. The collision repair/refinish program offers I-CAR ProLevel 1 & 2 certification in refinish and non-structural. A high school collision repair/refinish program is being added in the fall of 2018.

PICTURED ABOVE: Southwestern Community College automotive instructors pose with two automobile dealers from Southwestern’s region, who are members of the Iowa Automobile Dealers Association. Left to right: Mickey Anderson, Red Oak Chrysler, Inc., Red Oak; Todd Glendenning, Glendenning Motors, Mount Ayr; Steve Schmalzried, SWCC automotive repair technology instructor; Jeff Magneson, auto collision repair/refinish instructor; and Jeff Sorensen, SWCC automotive repair technology instructor.