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State Farm donates vehicle to advance training in Nicolet’s Auto Technician program

Feb. 21, 2014

Students in Nicolet College’s Automotive Technician program now have a new high-tech vehicle to train on thanks to a generous donation by State Farm.

The insurance company took in a 2012 Ford Focus that was totaled by flood damage. The company then donated the vehicle to the college for students to train on as they work their way to a college credential.

auto donation“This is wonderful for the college and students in the Auto program,” said Brigitte Kumbier, dean of Trade and Industry at Nicolet. “Students need to train on the latest technology and this donation by State Farm will give students greater opportunity to do just that.”

State Farm has a long history of supporting higher education and officials said they are happy to support Nicolet College.

“Our support for this program is a reflection of our commitment to Wisconsin communities,” said State Farm Public Affairs Specialist Kelly Savage. “We are pleased to be able to partner with the college to help students acquire the career skills they will need to succeed.”

The donated car will be especially useful in teaching students about the latest electronic technology that goes into late-model vehicles, said Ken Duesing, Nicolet Auto instructor.

“Vehicles today are becoming increasingly computerized and this car is perfect for students to learn about new components and how to diagnose and then repair any problems with the vehicle,” Duesing said. “Considering it was totaled by flooding, I’m guessing students will find all kinds of things to fix. That’s exactly what makes this vehicle so valuable to us. It’s real-world training.”

Kumbier Towing from Minocqua and Quality Collision of Rhinelander also donated their services to haul the car from Milwaukee to the Auto Lab on the Nicolet College Campus.

For more information about Nicolet’s Auto program, visit or call the college’s Welcome Center at (715) 365-4493, 1-800-544-3039; TDD (715) 365-4448.

Pictured above, right to left, with the donated vehicle are Bill Asuma, State Farm agent, Paul Belcher, State farm agent, Roger Anderson, State Farm representative, Tom Dougherty, State Farm representative, Brigitte Kumbier, Nicolet dean of Trade and Industry, Ken Duesing, Nicolet Auto instructor, Chris Kolasa, Nicolet Auto instructor, Scott Baker, Quality Collision, and Pat Kumbier, Kumbier Towing.