Toyota Bodine revs up the future for TCAT students

June 13, 2017


Toyota Bodine's Jason Bates hands over the key to a 2016 Highlander to Mike Blackwell, instructor, at TCAT-Jackson.

Toyota Bodine Aluminum handed over the keys to a 2016 Toyota Highlander to Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) in Jackson at the main campus on June 13 at 2 p.m. Students, faculty and executives from Toyota Bodine were in attendance. With automotive technological advancements moving at the speed of a racing car, this allows TCAT's automotive students to train on the cutting edge of the latest technology.

"We are grateful for Toyota Bodine's work to secure this great addition to our training equipment inventory," said Dr. Jeff Sisk, TCAT Jackson director. "Shawn Daly and Jason Bates continue to be leaders in our region with their continued support of the technical colleges' workforce development mission. This vehicle will give our students the opportunity to train on new technology and body styles which will help them be better prepared for their future careers."

The vehicle was donated by Toyota Bodine Aluminum in Jackson who arranged for the donation of the Highlander from Toyota's assembly plant in Princeton, Indiana. The Highlander will be used to train approximately 40 students per year in its Collision Repair and Automotive Technology classes. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the vehicle is $30,000.

"Toyota Bodine recognizes the importance of TCAT's impact on workforce development in West Tennessee," said Shawn Daly, general manager, Toyota Bodine Aluminum. "We are proud to partner with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana to help prepare the workforce of tomorrow by providing them with the latest technology to learn.


About Tennessee College of Applied Technology Jackson
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology Jackson is a member institution of the Tennessee Board of Regents and enrolls 600+ students annually in 25 different technical skills programs.