The Blue Ridge Community College Transportation Department was thrilled to receive this 2007 Subaru Legacy Limited from local business, Hunter Automotive Group. From left are: Chris Peavy, Blue Ridge; Joe Shook, Blue Ridge; Hector Abelairas, Hunter Automotive; Brian Johnson, Blue Ridge; Randy Hunter, Hunter Automotive; William Skinner, Hunter Automotive; and Adam Riddle, Blue Ridge. (Photo credit: Rich Keen, Blue Ridge Community College Marketing and Communications Dept.)
Hunter Automotive Group added a vehicle to the Blue Ridge Community College training fleet by donating a 2007 Subaru Legacy Limited this spring to help train automotive students.
The Legacy Limited is worth approximately $5,400, and is one of numerous vehicles, supplies, equipment and materials donated by Hunter over the years as part of a larger partnership with Subaru of America. This partnership provides immediate opportunities for students to receive hands-on training on Subaru vehicles and at Subaru dealerships.
The vehicle was donated personally by Hunter Automotive Group owner Randy Hunter and service manager William Skinner.
Blue Ridge Dean of Advanced Technologies Joe Shook expressed his gratitude to Hunter for the donation.
“We want to thank Hunter Automotive Group for being such a champion to our efforts here in our transportation program at Blue Ridge,” Shook said.
The Subaru partnership mirrors the success of similar partnerships between the College and Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, and Honda in the Automotive Youth Educational Systems programs.
Blue Ridge’s successful automotive programs aim to meet the expanding needs of the auto industry.
According to Kelly Blue Book, Americans purchased an unprecedented 40.9 million vehicles in 2021, which is 10% higher than 2020. Also, dealerships wrote more than 271 million repair orders in 2021, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), with service and parts sales of $125.6 billion.
For more information about Blue Ridge’s growing Automotive program, visit www.blueridge.edu/transportation.