(Rochester, MN) Rochester Community and Technical College, on behalf of its Automotive Technology Program, proudly accepted the keys to a Hyundai Elantra today, generously donated by the Luther Automotive Group.  A brief ceremony held Wednesday featured the donated vehicle which will be utilized for training purposes in the Automotive Technician program. Ken Lentz, Service Manager at Park Place Motors of Rochester, presented the keys to the RCTC Automotive Technology students and instructors. 


RCTC Automotive Technician Instructor Dave MacLeod stated, “This is the first of many partnerships to donate a vehicle to RCTC. We look forward to working with the advanced technology to provide better training for our students to enhance their skills.” 


Jaxon Wager, a second-year student in RCTC’s Automotive Technician program added, “It is important to work on newer vehicles with all the new technology. Every bit of knowledge I gain in this program can be used in the field.” 

Luther Automotive also presented a gift card to the RCTC Automotive Technician program which can be used for purchasing Hyundai parts. Luther Automotive Group is the largest privately-owned dealership group in the Midwest.


For further information about RCTC’s Automotive Technician program, contact Lori Jensen, Interim Dean of Career and Technical Education, at 507-529-2720 or lori.jensen@rctc.edu.



Established in 1915, RCTC is the largest higher education provider in the fastest-growing city in Minnesota, serving more than 8,000 students a year in credit courses and nearly 3,700 in non-credit continuing and workforce education programs. RCTC combines the best in liberal arts, technical, and life-long learning with more than 70 credit-based programs and over 100 credential options. RCTC’s expansive 518-acre campus includes university partnerships, a diverse student body, and a vibrant student life program. RCTC provides a unique learning environment that offers the feel of a four-year university campus with the commitment to access and opportunity of a two-year college.



RCTC is a member of Minnesota State—a higher education system that includes 30 two-year community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.