The Crowder College Collision Repair Department will have some new parts to work with next week thanks to a Springfield business.
Springfield Imports, a company the college has regularly done business with, has decided to donate approximately $11,000 worth of parts to the program, to be delivered on Friday.
"We think it would be a great opportunity for the students to use some OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts," said Dixie Lee, parts manager at Springfield Imports.
Lee said the company has some over-aged parts that are no longer of any use to them, so they decided to pass them along to a program that could put them to good use.
"Our whole goal is to benefit the students," Lee said.
Doug Donnel, Collision Repair Instructor at Crowder, said the donation would be helpful in the training the department offers.
"Any donation we can get is greatly appreciated because of our budget situation," Donnel said. "Anything that we can use to give these kids a step up when they get into the industry."
Donnel said the department performs the same work that a body shop would, including tasks such as air bag and sheet metal replacement and framework.
"We take vehicles that have been damaged in a collision and we put them back to pre-accident condition," Donnel said.
Lee said the donations include sheet metal, airbags and suspension components.
The Crowder College Collision Repair department offers an associates degree, as well as training for high school students.
Donnel said he teaches 25 high school students from Neosho, McDonald County, East Newton and Seneca schools during the day, and college students a few evenings each week.
Lee said Crowder was selected as a recipient of the parts because of their business relationship and the good rapport she had developed working with Donnel.
She said the company also plans to make a similar donation to Ozark Technical College, in Springfield.
"They approached us about the donation and we greatly appreciate it," Donnel said. "Hopefully this will bring in some new students for us."