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Oct. 17

Oct. 17, 2017
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
CONTACT:
Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager
531-MCC-2876
darayment@mccneb.edu
mccneb.edu
 

MCC student to receive car after donation, body repairs

OMAHA, Neb. —Metropolitan Community College Diesel Technology student Damingo Burks will be awarded a used 2010 Dodge Avenger on Friday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Applied Technology Center, 10407 State St. The committee that selected Burks chose him because of his great need for transportation to finish school.  
 
The car presentation is made possible by a collaboration between the public and private sectors. Farmers Insurance donated the salvage car to be used in the Recycled Rides™ for Schools program. Repairs were then made by MCC Auto Collision students as part of their curriculum. 
 
After repairs, the MCC Foundation worked to identify a deserving recipient through a selection committee comprised of the key players involved in the donation and refurbishment of the car. The internal review process examined the students’ needs and selected Burks because of his story. A resident of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Burks has had to rely on public transportation to get to and from class. The closest bus stop to ATC is nearly three miles away, making getting to and from class difficult.
 
Margaret Keith of CARSTAR Auto Body was on the selection committee that selected Burks. She says it wasn’t an easy choice.
 
“I told my peers to get their tissues ready because it wasn’t going to be easy selecting a single student from a lot of very deserving ones,” says Keith. “I wish we could have given them all a reliable car for transportation to and from class.”
 
Local businesses donated to make this car donation possible.  Businesses who provided donations of parts and services were LKQ, Keystone, Safelite AutoGlass, NTTR Towing, Charlie Graham Body and Service, CARSTAR Auto Body, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Charity Cars, Metropolitan Community College Foundation and the National Auto Body Council. 
 
Recycled Rides™ for Schools is a community service program of the National Auto Body Council. 
 
The car presentation will be part of MCC’s Auto Collision open house at the Applied Technology Center. The two-day event will give potential students and their families an opportunity to tour the facility, meet the faculty and industry partners, and learn more about the accelerated program. The open house will feature vendors, competitions, prize giveaways, ICAR certifications and more. Hours for the open house are Friday, Oct. 20, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (students only) and Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
 

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Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.