Magic City Ford donates car to Roanoke tech-ed class

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) -- Mechanics-in-training in Roanoke City Public School’s ROTEC program now have a new vehicle to work on thanks to Magic City Ford.

The dealership donated a gently used Ford Fiesta Thursday to allow students the opportunity to work on some of the newest technologies in the automotive field. That will give them a leg up on students who only have experience working on older cars.

“Usually when you walk into a high school automotive program, you’re going to see a vehicle that’s 20 years old that somebody donated because they can’t sell, but we want the students of Roanoke City Schools to be able to learn on a later model vehicle that has all the technology that they would be seeing in an actual service department,” said Magic City Ford CEO Cameron Johnson.

Johnson says there is a nationwide shortage of nearly 30,000 automotive technicians, so he believes partnering with local schools will help close that gap.

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