RHINELANDER - Automakers put more technology in every new car they design.
Nicolet automotive technician students can now train on a high-tech car thanks to a generous donation.
State Farm Insurance donated a 2012 Ford Fusion to the college. The car was totaled by flood damage. It lets students work on the latest technology featured in newer models.
"When you start dealing with the body electrical systems, this car is just a gold mine of electrical accessories, so the students are going to benefit so much from the donation," says Nicolet College Automotive Instructor Chris Kolasa.
Brenda Labonte is one of three female students in Nicolet's Automotive Technician program. She says computerized cars take more than mechanics to repair.
"So many people out there are leaning toward the newer vehicles, the ones that have more technology in them," says Lobonte. "That benefits us so that way we can help them further."
Kumbier Towing from Minocqua and Quality Collison of Rhinelander helped get the car to Nicolet College from Milwaukee.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander couple thought they were empty nesters. However, an experience volunteering made them open their doors back up to kids who need a temporary home. The Zoerb's adult children moved out years ago. But at any moment they could get a call from social services that make them bring out their parenting skills for another round. Rick and Danielle Zoerb work together as realtors putting people in homes that are the perfect fit. However, the husband and wife know their home can be a good fit for others too. "There's no reason for kids to have to fall through the cracks," said Dani. Rick met a child at a mentorship program a few years ago. It was a meeting that opened a new door for him and his wife. "There was no hesitation on our part when we felt the situation was deteriorating for this young boy," said Rick.
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