September 17, 2007
Cowley receives gift from Eddy’s Toyota
Getting an unexpected gift from Eddy’s Toyota in Wichita, Cowley College’s automotive program in Mulvane recently received a 5.7 liter engine for its students to work on.
Eddy’s Toyota in Wichita donated the engine, which is entirely aluminum, 380 horse power, and has 401 pounds of torque. It is considered to be one of the most high tech engines Toyota makes.
It is a brand new engine design and has a cost of roughly $20,000. Eddy’s Toyota wanted to help out a local college, so they contacted Cowley automotive coordinator/automotive instructor Chris Parrott, who had contacts with the business while previously working at Wichita Area Technical College.
“It’s exciting because no other school in the state of Kansas has one to my knowledge,” Parrott said. “In fact, we are one of the few schools in the country to have one. We are very lucky to have it, the cost alone is pretty impressive.”
Students will disassemble and reassemble the engine. This will provide students the newest technology with regards to engine repair.
“This will better prepare students to go to work at a dealership working on new cars,” Parrott said.
Parrott is grateful for the generosity of Eddy’s Toyota.
“We really appreciate them donating the engine,” Parrott said. “I hope to develop tremendous business partnerships with the community at large. Through those relationships in business and industry we will be able to continue providing state-of-the-art training in automotive technology.”