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Auto body students at Northcentral Technical College in Antigo will get some hands-on experience in repair work, with assistance from State Farm Insurance.

State Farm representatives, led by local agent Tim DeVoe, visited college officials this week to present a 2009 Dodge Caliber, a spiffy vehicle that had been involved in an accident.

The vehicle will be used to train students in estimating cost of repairs, disassembly and reassembly, and repair of body parts. It will also be used for diagnosing the repairing automotive air conditioning and heating, steering, suspension and mechanical systems.

Dr. Lori Weyers, president of the technical college, accepted the donation on behalf of the Antigo campus.

“NTC would not be successful without our business partners,” Weyers said.

She also credited the work of instructors Troy Schuster and Gordon Michael, who she called “two of the best,” for creating a successful program with an exceptional employment rate for its graduates.

“We’re proud of the dedication and the job they do with our students,” she said. “They are a real asset.”

State Farm also presented the technical college with a $20,000 grant for extrication equipment at the Public Safety Center of Excellence in Merrill.

“Our support for Northcentral Technical College reflects State Farm’s commitment to Wisconsin communities,” Kelly Savage, State Farm public affairs specialist, said. “We are pleased to be able to provide this vehicle and partner with the college to help students acquire the career skills they will need to succeed.”


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Northcentral Technical College Board President Dr. Lori Weyers, third from right, with representatives of the auto body program and State Farm pose with the Dodge Caliber that will be used as a student teaching tool.
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