MISSISSAUGA, ON - At a recent ceremony, Misheck Mwaba, Academic Chair for the Mechanical and Transportation Technology department at Algonquin College received ten, brand-new engines donated by Nissan Canada Inc. The new motors worth approximately $30,000, will be used for educational purposes by the students in Algonquin College's motive power programs.
"We are so thankful that our students can study and practice on brand new engines, and ones which are predominant in the market," stated Misheck Mwaba. "Our students need to keep pace with the latest technology in place in the automotive industry today, and this donation will help them do just that."
The Nissan engines will be put to use through Algonquin College's Motive Technician program in the school's state-of-the-art Transportation Technology Centre.
"Nissan's support of automotive training programs such as the one at Algonquin College, are an important aspect of Nissan's charitable efforts," said Allen Childs, President of Nissan Canada. "We are very proud to support these academic programs which ensure that future automotive workers are familiar with some of the best examples of innovation in the industry."
Nissan Canada's relationship with Algonquin College dates back to 2006, when Nissan Canada and three local dealers all stepped up to help address the shortage of skilled-trades at the time through a donation to the Algonquin College Foundation and the College's Transportation Technology Centre. These donations helped build the College's Transportation Technology Centre, and served to establish the Nissan Canada Inc. Bursary, available to students in the College's Motive Power Technician Program.
This latest donation is only one of the ways Nissan Canada brings life to Nissan's global corporate social responsibility vision of "Improving life in the communities in which Nissan operates." Together they help ensure the Canadian automotive industry will continue to have a steady supply of skilled and job-ready professionals.
About the Nissan Canada Foundation
Since its inception in 1993, The Nissan Canada Foundation has existed with the aim of enacting Nissan's global vision "To improve the quality of life in the communities in which Nissan operates". The company does this through focusing its charitable initiatives in three areas; the environment, education and humanitarian efforts.
At a local level, this has translated into support for institutions like Algonguin College's Transportation Technology Center who are dedicated to the development of the next generation of automotive professionals. Today, the Nissan Canada Foundation supports over 35 organizations across Canada, to whom it supplies over 50 vehicles totalling over 1.5 million dollars in value; vehicles which help them meet seniors' needs.
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