FORT SCOTT, KS.--- Fort Scott Community College welcomes a donation of some very expensive hot rods from Harley Davidson Motorcycles. More than $250,000 worth of motorcycles were donated to the college. The bikes are being used in the senior capstone class at Fort Scott Community College's Harley Davidson Technician Training Center. The training facility is located just north of Frotenac on Highway 69.
"These are brand new motorcycles with custom paint jobs and everything else," said Dwayne Hale, Program Director.
The donation includes eight motorcycles and a trike, which is similar to a motorcycle but it has three wheels. Students like Jason Arnold say he couldn't wait to get his hands on some of the new equipment.
"It's really nice to have all these new bikes that we can work on and learn all the new things that's coming out," said Jason Arnold, Student.
Student Randy Bennett has one more semester left at the Harley Davidson Training Center. He knows that working on this caliber of machinery will advance his career to the next level.
"An owner or a manager, they are particular on who puts their hands on those bikes. So having these bikes down here and giving us the opportunity to get our hands on these bikes, it's been a great thing," said Randy Bennett, Student.
The instructors try to make the program as hands-on as possible. They say receiving motorcycles this high of quality will ensure their students are ready for the real world.
"They have always been very supportive of us, as far as engines, and transmissions and motorcycles. They've seen the need to update some of the stuff and they''ve offered us new equipment," said Hale.
"All of the students have a very well-rounded base whenever they leave the program, because they're exposed to the software, as well as the hands on out here in the shop environment," said Mike Mathes, Instructor.
The students have already begun working directly with the bikes. The donation totals close to a quarter of a million dollars. This is the only program like this in the country, and it's right here in Southeast Kansas.