Assabet Valley receives donation of 2024 Ford Mustang GT

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Assabet Valley receives donation of 2024 Ford Mustang GT
Assabet’s Automotive Technology and Collision Repair program received a donation of a 2024 Ford Mustang, courtesy of Acton Ford. (Photo/Courtesy)

MARLBOROUGH – Assabet’s automotive technology and collision repair program recently received a donation of a 2024 Ford Mustang GT, courtesy of Acton Ford.

A lot full of new 2024 Ford Mustangs were awaiting pickup at a Michigan dealership when severe flooding hit in September. The vehicles suffered water damage, meaning they could no longer be sold.

Ford decided to donate the vehicles to high school training programs. With Assabet’s long standing partnership with Acton Ford in Acton, one of the cars was offered to the school’s automotive technology program to be used by students during their hands-on coursework.

On March 27, representatives from Acton Ford and regional Ford locations, Assabet instructors, administrators and auto tech students gathered in the school’s auto shop for a ceremony to unveil the car.

“High school automotive programs are essential. The industry is struggling to find new technicians, but there are many different opportunities for students in the field,” said Suzanne Daniels of Acton Ford. “To succeed in this dynamic industry, we need continuous education and training. The world is yours to explore. We’re excited to be a part of this program at Assabet.”

Auto tech students may participate in a co-op at Acton Ford, taking the same industry-recognized courses as Ford employees. The credits earned from these courses transfer to employment post-graduation should the students choose to pursue a career with Ford, giving them a leg up in their early careers.

Assabet Valley receives donation of 2024 Ford Mustang GT
From left, Acton Ford’s Chris Abatsis and Suzanne Daniels stand with Assabet auto tech instructor Dan Capuano, senior Brendan Demelo and 2022 Assabet graduate Anthony Camelio. (Photo/Courtesy)

Brendan Demelo, a senior from Hudson, spends every other week working on site in Acton while balancing his coursework at Assabet. He plans to continue his work after his graduation in June.

“This has been an amazing opportunity and a great way to gain real-world experience,” Demelo said. “Everyone at Ford is great, and I’m thankful to have had this opportunity.”

Present at the event was Anthony Camelio, a 2022 Assabet graduate and now Acton Ford employee, thanks to his participation in the co-op program. He expressed his gratitude for the partnership, which kick started his career.

“Since I was a little kid, I loved everything to do with cars. I never thought I’d have the opportunity to work at a big name. The Ford representatives came to Assabet when I was a junior, and I thought to myself, ‘why not apply?’ I now work with great people and could not be more grateful for the opportunities I was given at Assabet.”

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