Proviso East Auto Tech Program Receives Vehicle Donations
October 23, 2014 03:25 PM
Students in the auto tech program at Proviso East High School have been working on eight newer cars this semester, thanks to donations from the College of DuPage and other donors.
The program was in need of newer vehicles on which students could learn to perform maintenance and repairs. Mr. Frank Bexes, an instructor in the program at Proviso East, said that over the summer he put out the word to area businesses and other schools in search of the vehicles. He and Mr. Dan Cox, an instructor in the program as well, also contacted WGN Radio, who broadcast the need on its programs.
The offers soon began pouring in from as far as away as Antioch, Mr. Bexes said. The biggest donation came in the form of six vehicles from the automotive service technology program at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
"We had a need and they stepped up to the plate for us," Mr. Bexes said. "We’re getting calls every day for cars."
The donated vehicles now are being used by students at Proviso East in learning skills ranging from doing oil changes and replacing brakes to overhauling engines.
"We’re using them right away," Mr. Cox said. "It’s a big plus for us."
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that contributions such as these are part of the community support that drives student achievement.
"Students achieve more when they know that they have the support of everyone around them, whether they are parents, teachers, or the community at large," he said. "We thank the College of DuPage and the other donors for their support and we look forward to continuing to further develop our partnership for the betterment of our students."