BC Receives Generous Donation of 2023 Lincoln Aviator Thanks To Jim Burke Ford

BC administrators and Industrial automation staff with reps from Jim Burke Ford

Wednesday, May 2, 2024

Bakersfield College's Automotive Technology Program has received a generous donation of a 2023 Lincoln Aviator from local dealership, Jim Burke Ford Lincoln. This contribution marks a significant enhancement to the College’s training fleet, providing students with hands-on experience with the latest in automotive technology.

The donated Lincoln Aviator will join the fleet of training vehicles used by BC to educate future automotive technicians. This addition underscores BC's commitment to offering cutting-edge education and preparing students for careers in the automotive industry. Notably, the vehicle features Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), aligning with the industry's demand for technicians skilled in servicing modern vehicles.

Dean of Instruction at Bakersfield College, Derek Robinson, expressed gratitude for the donation, stating, "This generous gift from Jim Burke Ford is immensely meaningful for our program. It not only enhances our curriculum but also equips our students with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in today's automotive industry, which increasingly relies on advanced technologies like ADAS."

In acknowledging the invaluable partnership with Bakersfield College, Joe Hay, President of Jim Burke Ford Lincoln said, "We are thrilled to support Bakersfield College in training the next generation of automotive professionals. The program at BC is exceptional, and the level of education students receive ensures that our local workforce is equipped to deliver top-notch service to our community."

This collaboration between Bakersfield College and Jim Burke Ford exemplifies the power of community partnerships in fostering education and workforce development. Through initiatives like this, BC students are provided with opportunities to excel locally, contributing to the growth and prosperity of the Bakersfield community.

auto technology students looking at donated vehicle
BC staff looking at the engine of the donated vehicle

staff and representatives from BC and Jim Burke For standing next to the donated vehicle