From left are: Riley Taylor, Remington Pearson, Kalie Jones, Seth May, and Maddux Jamerson. (Photo by Rich Keen, Blue Ridge Community College Marketing and Communications Dept.)
Five Automotive students at Blue Ridge Community College recently received a gift of Blue-Point by Snap-On toolkits from Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance this fall. Valued at $500 and with lifetime warranties, the toolkits are commonly used in professional automotive facilities.
The toolkit for automotive technicians features a variety of tools such as wrenches, sockets, ratchets, screwdrivers, bits and pliers – all in both metric and standard measurements.
Driving Young America (DYA), the charitable arm of Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance, provided the toolkits as part of its work to support students seeking automotive careers. The toolkits are part of DYA’s Tools for Techs program, which was conceived after the organization recognized that tools were a significant expense for new automotive students.
This marks the second time the College has received toolkits from DYA.
“When students go into a shop for the first time, they need to have a basic set of tools to get started working on vehicles. It gives them an advantage when they’re going into the automotive industry to have these top-of-the-line toolkits,” stated Blue Ridge Automotive Systems Technology Instructor Brian Johnson.
Johnson believes that the high quality toolkits will last these students a lifetime, and they can always add more tools as they gain experience and time in the field.
The Blue Ridge transportation program faculty recommended the student recipients, including Maddux Jamerson, Kalie Jones, Seth May, Remington Pearson, and Riley Taylor.