Auto Program at NIACC Receives Critical Tool as Gift

NIACC announced Tuesday, the successful conclusion of fund-raising for a matching grant by the John K and Luise V Hanson Foundation to support the purchase of a Chassis Dyno for the NIACC Automotive program.  As with many of the programs at NIACC, private investment has been a key to keeping NIACC first and providing funding for distinctive and oftentimes innovative programming and education.  In this case, a gift by The Pritchard Family Auto group along with gifts from several local repair facilities, including Jeffrey Repair Service, West Inc., Overdrive Auto, and Mason City Tire, has allowed NIACC to reach its goal and meet the grant requirements put forth by the John K and Luise V Hanson Foundation.

The Chassis Dyno is an apparatus which lifts a vehicle off the ground and simulates road driving for the purpose of diagnostics.  Instructors will use this machine to demonstrate the impacts of engine repair and maintenance decisions related to drivability, emissions, and mileage.  It will also allow instructors to share information with up to 30 students at a time, instead of three or four in a road demonstration.  The Chassis Dyno can simulate problems and show how a single change can impact exhaust, noxious gases and pollutants.  It also provides performance information for those performance car enthusiasts.  The addition of the Chassis Dyno is another step in the commitment to excellence of the NIACC national award-winning Automotive Technology Program.

Joe Pritchard, owner and president of the Pritchard Family Auto Group said, “Giving back to the communities we serve is an important part of the legacy our company and family believes in.  NIACC continues to lead our industry in providing a high-quality education program for the future employees of the automotive repair industry.  We are pleased to partner with NIACC and the Hanson Foundation to make this state-of-the-art equipment a reality for the Automotive Tech Program.”

NIACC President Steven Schulz said, “Public/private partnerships are what help sustain and drive our College and our region.  It is especially gratifying to see private investment that benefits both our students and local businesses.  We appreciate the private support of this project and the continued generosity of the Hanson family.  The Hanson Foundation continues to enrich and enhance our programming at NIACC and, as a result, assist North Iowa economically.”

Students interested in enrolling in the automotive program can contact the NIACC Admissions Office at 1-888 GO NIACC, extension 4245 or call directly at 641-422-4245, or read more at Fall classes at NIACC begin August 25.