Hinds CC helps Kohler engine donation get to local schools

RAYMOND – The Small Engine and Equipment Repair program, one of the programs taught in the Landscape Management Department on the Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus, is facilitating the donation of Kohler Outdoor Power Equipment Company engines to Mississippi school districts. The 1020 Kohler XT-7 series engines are valued at $225 each. The Small Engine and Equipment Repair Program at Hinds Community College is the only Equipment and Engine Training Council accredited program of its type in the state. It is through the efforts of the EETC and Jeff Steffen, a Kohler Company employee, that these engines were made available to Hinds Community College. Kohler Company has a Production facility in Hattiesburg. Allen Spence, the program Instructor, intends to keep about 100 of the Kohler engines to use in the Small Engine and Equipment Repair program at Hinds Community College and donate the rest to Secondary Agriculture Power and Machinery programs throughout the state. “This donation will expose young people throughout this great state to green industry career choices they may have otherwise never considered. This donation is valued at more than $229,000.00. In today’s lean economy and tight budgets, these engines will go a long way toward helping those high school programs educate the young people of Mississippi.” Jimmy Rushing, instructor in the Winston Louisville Career and Technology Center, picked up 25 engines for the agriculture power and machinery program. Kevin Hollingsworth, an instructor with the Noxapater Attendance Center in the Louisville school district, also recently picked up 25 Kohler engines. As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled more than 13,000 credit students in fall 2011. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.