Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Donates Vehicle to School

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) recently donated a former fleet vehicle to the Choice High School and Technical Center’s Automotive Department. 

“The significance of donating the 2005 Ford Expedition is that  students will now have an opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to a vehicle with a modern computer system—vital knowledge in today’s increasingly technological field of automotive maintenance and repair,” said Don Bates, Choice High School and Technical Center Automotive Instructor.

Sheriff Larry Ashley visited the Automotive Department to see how the vehicle would be used and to offer his support and encouragement to students in this program.  The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office partnership with Choice High School and Technical Center reflects an ongoing commitment to bettering our community through education and training.

“Most all vehicles today need specialized equipment, a subscription to the manufacturer’s website, and trained technicians to program the complex computer systems,” said Bates.  “Thanks to the generosity of Sheriff Ashley and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Choice High School and Technical Center students will now have access to this level of hands-on learning.  Being able to keep pace with technological advances in the automotive industry, all the while providing state of the art training to our students is something that sets the Choice High School and Technical Center apart as one of the finest technical training institutions in the state of Florida.”

For more information on the Choice High School and Technical Center automotive program or to donate an automobile, contact Don Bates, at batesd@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us or (850) 833-3500.

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