March 24, 2004

Honda Canada donates four vehicles to B.C. Institute of Technology

Burnaby, B.C. – Honda Canada has donate four vehicles and training aids to the B.C. Institute of Technology’s Acura/Honda Apprenticeship Program.

The $302,000 donation includes two 2003 Honda Accords, a 2003 Acura TSX and a 1999 Honda Odyssey van. The donation also brought to the program training aids such as, new engines, transmissions and other assorted Honda/Acura vehicle components, diagnostic tools and equipment.

“We want our future technicians to be trained with a high content of the actual product they will be working on in our dealerships,” said Peter Wilkinson, program facilitator with Honda Canada Inc.’s Western Zone,

The Acura/Honda Apprenticeship Program at BCIT is one of three in Canada. Similar programs are available in Toronto and Montreal. The program in Burnaby has been in operation since 1991. It is sponsored by Honda Canada Inc. through a joint agreement with BCIT.

Approximately 160 apprentice automotive technicians have received training and automotive technician certification through the program at BCIT.

Said Lane Trotter, BCIT School of Transportation Dean, “It’s a huge boost. It allows our students to work with the very latest technology. As a polytechnic institute, BCIT is committed to industry driven applied learning. Our partnership with Honda is a great fit. It allows us to
train the job ready technicians required by this automotive industry leader.”

The Acura/Honda apprenticeship program will be among 250 programs to be featured as BCIT celebrates its 40th anniversary with an upcoming weekend open house event, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday April 2 and Saturday April 3, at the Burnaby campus at 3700 Willingdon Ave.

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