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California launches new program to bring retired vehicles into classrooms

Sacramento, Calif.–The Bureau of Automotive Repair’s (BAR) new “Cars for Schools” program will provide retired vehicles to public high schools, community colleges, and regional occupation programs, offering students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience under the hood.

“We are excited to launch this new program,” said BAR Chief Patrick Dorais. “It is a great opportunity for schools to have the resources for students to get experience in automotive repair.”

“It is a great opportunity for schools to have the resources for students to get experience in automotive repair.”

—BAR Chief Patrick Dorais

Cars for Schools will provide up to 350 vehicles annually to schools at no charge. Schools may request specific vehicle makes, models, model years, ranges of model years, or other vehicle specific features and may use the vehicles as needed to demonstrate principles of operation or repair techniques.

Vehicles will be diverted from BAR’s Consumer Assistance Program, which helps improve California’s air quality by offering eligible consumers up to $1,500 to retire an operational vehicle at a BAR-contracted dismantler. On Jan. 6, the College of Sequoias, a two-year California community college in Visalia, received the first vehicle provided by the Cars for Schools program.

The 1989 Mazda b-series pickup will be used by students preparing for career opportunities in the automotive industry. Several other programs, including Livingston High School, College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Fresno City College, Merced College, and Tri-Valley Regional Occupational Program, have also made arrangements with BAR to receive vehicles through the program.

Educators seeking more information on school eligibility may contact the Cars for Schools program coordinator at 916-403-8759.

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