Engines donated to ag power program

From Press Reports

The Small Engine and Equipment Repair program, one of the programs taught in the Landscape Management Department on the Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus, is facilitating the donation of Kohler Outdoor Power Equipment Co. engines to Mississippi school districts.

The 1020 Kohler XT-7 series engines are valued at $225 each.

The Small Engine and Equipment Repair Program at Hinds Community College is the only Equipment and Engine Training Council accredited program of its type in the state. It is through the efforts of the EETC and Jeff Steffen, a Kohler Co. employee, that these engines were made available to Hinds Community College. Kohler Co. has a production facility in Hattiesburg.

Allen Spence, the program instructor, intends to keep about 100 of the Kohler engines to use in the Small Engine and Equipment Repair program at Hinds Community College and donate the rest to Secondary Agriculture Power and Machinery programs throughout the state.

“This donation will expose young people throughout this great state to green industry career choices they may have otherwise never considered. This donation is valued at more than $229,000. In today’s lean economy and tight budgets, these engines will go a long way toward helping those high school programs educate the young people of Mississippi.”

Paul Orr, agricultural power and machinery teacher at the Webster County Career and Technology Center in Eupora, picked up 25 engines.