CMTN automotive program receives donation from Ford of Canada and Terrace Totem Ford

Mar 02, 2021

Contribution of a 2020 Ford F-150 and 2020 Ford Expedition allows students to gain valuable hands-on experience.

Terrace Totem Ford news releaseTerrace, BC - Ford of Canada and Terrace Totem Ford have donated a 2020 Ford F-150 and a 2020 Ford Expedition to Coast Mountain College to be used in its Automotive Service Technician training program.
“A big thank you to Terrace Totem Ford and Ford of Canada for this generous donation. With vehicle technology changing all the time, it is crucial that we have current models to learn on,” says Coast Mountain College Automotive Service Technician instructor, Dave Reinhardt. 

“Having these new vehicles will let our students experience the latest technology so they are better prepared for their future in the automotive field.  This will benefit all our students, from our entry level Foundations program right through to earning their Red Seal.”

The donation is part of a nation-wide initiative in which Ford of Canada is donating a total of 95 vehicles to educational institutions across the country. These vehicles were damaged due to flooding last year and have been deemed irreparable and unable to be safely driven again. As such, Ford of Canada saw an opportunity to bring the latest in vehicle technology to some of Canada's top automotive programs. Terrace Totem Ford has cleaned and detailed the vehicles to prepare it for this donation that provides a hands-on learning experience for the students.

“Terrace Totem Ford, and the Totem Auto Group, are extremely proud to support the students at Coast Mountain College’s Automotive Service Training Program,” says Dealer Partner Shane deJong. “These wonderful young minds are the future of our industry and we look forward to a continued partnership with the school for years to come.”

In addition to the two vehicles, Ford of Canada is also providing students and faculty in the Automotive Service Technician training program with access to their online Automotive Career Exploration (ACE) training. A partnership program between Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ford dealerships, and post-secondary institutions, the ACE program aims to raise awareness and increase interest in career opportunities within the automotive industry. 

Courses include everything from basic vehicle system fundamentals to some of the most current and detailed vehicle systems training like electrical, Powertrain, air conditioning, and more. These courses are the same as those current Ford technicians complete to receive specialty training in dealerships.

“I am excited to learn on brand new vehicles – it will be great to learn modern technology,” says CMTN Youth Train in Trades Automotive student Avril Mattheis.

Learn more about the Coast Mountain College Automotive Service program at

Learn more about Terrace Totem Ford at


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