Hillsborough County Career Center Receives $6,000 Grant for Driving Simulator

Hillsborough Education Foundation
April 15, 2015

 

Left to Right: Bowers Whitley student learning on simulator, State Farm Public Affairs Specialist Jose Soto,
 State Farm Insurance Agent Herma White, and Dr. Colucci principal at Bowers Whitley Career Center

In partnership with the Hillsborough Education Foundation, State Farm Insurance recently awarded Bowers Whitely Career Center, one of four career centers in Hillsborough County Public Schools, a $6,000 grant to purchase drivers’ education curriculum and a driving simulator for their Automotive Technology Training program. 

Bowers Whitley principal Dr. Gary Colucci reached out to the Hillsborough Education Foundation expressing a surprising need in their auto program. Dr. Colucci explained that a student can graduate as a master mechanic with all of the industry certifications, but without a driver’s license and deemed a safe driver, they cannot be employed.  The school was in need of a grant to help the Career Center purchase curriculum and a driving simulator to teach students safe driving skills and help them acquire their licenses before graduation.In partnership with the Hillsborough Education Foundation, State Farm Insurance recently awarded Bowers Whitely Career Center, one of four career centers in Hillsborough County Public Schools, a $6,000 grant to purchase drivers’ education curriculum and a driving simulator for their Automotive Technology Training program.

The Hillsborough Education Foundation then reached out to State Farm Insurance for support and they stepped up to fill the need. “Supporting safe driving was a perfect match for State Farm’s philanthropic goals,” said Foundation President Phil Jones, “the Foundation’s classroom grants program creates partnerships with local and national businesses tailored to meet the needs of our students and teachers in Hillsborough County Public Schools.”

With a $6,000 grant provided by State Farm, Bowers Whitely was able to purchase the much needed driver’s education curriculum and a brand new driving simulator to prepare students in their Automotive Technology Training program for the Florida driving test.

“We are proud to support this program and their commitment to increasing the safe driving skills of students,” said Jose Soto, State Farm Public Affairs Specialist. “Promoting safe teen driving is a priority for State Farm.”

Thanks to State Farm’s generosity and dedication to safe driving, students at Bowers Whitely are now one step closer to successfully entering the workforce.

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