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Firestone donates $5,000 to OCCC automotive program

Donation supports the college's Automotive Technology Internship Program

    (Published: 09-24-18)

Complete Auto Care representatives Ernest Turner and Mike Sampson present $500 donation to OCCC President Jerry Steward and Professor of Automotive Technology Brad Walker

Recently, Firestone Complete Auto Care representatives Ernest Turner and Mike Sampson presented a $5,000 donation to Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) to support the college’s Automotive Technology Internship Program (ATIP) degree that prepares students to work in the automotive industry with all makes and models.

In addition to the donation of funds, Firestone sends current employees to OCCC for professional development opportunities and hires OCCC students who are working their way through the automotive degree program.

“Our partnership with Firestone is a great asset for our students,” says OCCC President Jerry Steward. “Not only is Firestone supporting workforce development and education, they are giving our students the resources they need to succeed in their careers.”

OCCC has several automotive technology programs, all of which are designed to provide students with the necessary skills to obtain a sustainable job in the industry. OCCC also collaborates with local dealerships and has make-specific programs for General Motors, Honda & Acura and Subaru.

For more information about OCCC’s automotive programs and enrollment, contact the OCCC Division of Business and IT at or call 405-682-7550. 

OCCC enrolls more than 20,000 students annually. The college is currently the largest adult basic education provider in the state. OCCC offers a full range of associate degree programs that prepare students to transfer to baccalaureate institutions while other degree and certificate programs prepare students for immediate employment. At OCCC, students receive a quality education with small class sizes, dedicated professors and leadership opportunities. Students can choose from more than 60 major fields of study and participate in any of the 40+ clubs and organizations. For more information about OCCC, visit