There’s a shortage of skilled auto technicians in the area.

The Ford Future Techs program is on a mission to train the next generation and prepare them for a career in the automotive industry.

The program supports local schools that specialize in auto repair. The Erie 1 BOCES career and technical center, the Potter career and technical center, and Harkness career and technical centers all received 2016 Ford Fusion models from the Ford Future Techs program, to make sure students are learning mechanics and technology on current cars.

“I want to see how it works I’ve done a lot of other cars from BMWs, Chevys and all that but I really want to get into the Ford and see what they’re about,” said Alex Prims, Kenton career & tech center student.

“Having this current technology here and being able to use the iPad and everything that comes with it, especially the software which is what the kids are going to see as more and more computers go in cars is just awesome, it’s fantastic for the kids and for the teachers,” said Jeff Sikora, Kenton career & tech center Principal.

Even though the school year is over soon, students will get to work on these cars right away.