November 19, 2014
Elizabethtown, Ky. – The Swope Family of Dealerships is providing even greater opportunities to Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center (EC3) students.
The automotive dealership has donated two training engines to students in the automotive technology pathway. One trainer is a 3.0-Liter V6 Toyota Short Block. It will be on an engine stand so students will see the rotation and timing of the crank shaft, connecting rods and pistons. The second is a 3.0-Liter in-line six cylinder complete engine trainer. It is assembled in such a way that students will be able to see all of its internal working parts.
Swope Family of Dealerships Service Manager Cole Miller is responsible for bringing the engine trainers to EC3. He worked to put them together and estimates their value to be approximately $5,000.
“The Swope Family of Dealerships is very excited about our partnership with EC3,” President Carl Swope said. “This innovative new approach to preparing high school students for careers and advanced education will set our region apart and be a valuable asset for businesses like ours for years to come.”
“We are so grateful to the Swope Family of Dealerships for its dedication to our students,” Superintendent Nannette Johnston said. “The Swope family has a long history of creating and enhancing opportunities in Hardin and surrounding counties. This gift will give our students an advantage in preparing for the work force and further automotive training.”
“The appreciation we have for the Swope Family of Dealerships is beyond measure,” EC3 Principal Dan Robbins said. “Our students will now have an even greater working knowledge of automotive engines. They will be able to see their moving parts. The skills they will learn from these engine trainers will literally last throughout their careers. These students will now have a full understanding of an engine and can enter our community’s workplace sooner and start their career earning a competitive wage.”
Automotive technology teacher Tom Pitt said students will begin using the engine trainers soon and that his lessons will be greatly enhanced by the generosity of the Swope Family of Dealerships.