MUSCATINE, Iowa–As a graduate from Muscatine High School, Toyota of Muscatine Finance Manager Logan Morgan remembers for himself just how taking industrial technology classes can inspire students to pursue a career in the automotive industry or a related field. This month, Morgan and others at Toyota of Muscatine helped support Muscatine High School’s industrial technology program and got students excited about working on cars by donating a new Hunter Tire Changer.
Valued at just over $9,400, the new tire changer will help students in automotive classes change tires more efficiently. “It’s an easier way to change tires,” Morgan explained. “When we went in and looked at it, their old one was pretty worn out, so we got them a whole new one.”
More than just helping students change tires, Logan hopes increasing access to high quality equipment will spark an interest in the automotive industry among students and encourage more of them to take local jobs in it. Morgan elaborated, “one thing we like to do is to keep people local, so through access to good technology, we try to get them to go through the Muscatine High School automotive program and maybe even the business program.”
For students who do develop an interest in repairing vehicles, Toyota of Muscatine can help them further their careers by directing them to continuing education options. Through the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, Toyota of Muscatine also offers two annual $1,000 renewable scholarships for graduating seniors in Muscatine County who enter a postsecondary automotive or business program.
After graduation, Toyota of Muscatine has a variety of technician positions graduates can fill. As they gain experience, they can move into more specialized positions depending on their skills and interests, such as supervisory roles or as mechanics and technicians doing more intricate work in the body shop.
As a graduate of Muscatine High School and a member of the Muscatine area community, Morgan valued the change to get to help local high school students. “I truly appreciate it because I went to Muscatine High School,” he shared. “For us at Toyota of Muscatine, to give back to our community is something I really like.”
Since the Weber family purchased Toyota of Muscatine in 2005, they have made a point to give back to the community, especially focusing on causes that help children and promote education. In recent years, Toyota of Muscatine has assisted with the Fueling the Future program, which synergizes a number of community resources to help parents in need get the job training they need to support their families and reduce childhood hunger. They have also made donations to bring the Kindhearted Kids program to Muscatine Community School District second graders, which helps them develop meaningful social and emotional skills by caring for a stuffed animal pet. This year, Toyota of Muscatine will serve as the second largest sponsor for the Muscatine Charities Golf “Funraiser” which brings in money for the group to grant out to various nonprofit originations in Muscatine County.
Toyota of Muscatine always welcomes the opportunity to discuss new ways to give back to the community and chances to talk to young people about the career options they have available. Morgan welcomes anyone who would like to talk to him to stop out at Toyota of Muscatine, to use the contact form on their website, or to call them at 563-263-8028.