Sarah Davis

Communications Specialist

Mary Zaleski

Director of Communication Services

Press Release
For Immediate Release

$86,000 to upgrade equipment in 10 County Automotive Technology education programs

The Oakland Schools Education Foundation (OSEF) received a grant of $86,000 from the Margaret Dunning Foundation to support high school state-approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) Automotive Technology programs throughout Oakland County.

The Oakland Schools Student Services/Career Focused Education Department implemented the grant award during the 2018-19 school year.  The department is dedicated to providing 325 CTE programs, educating more than 17,000 students with the highest level of assistance in meeting industry and employer demand for high need, high skill and high wage occupations.

Industry-relevant, state-of-the-art Automotive Technology equipment was purchased for the four Oakland Schools Technical campuses in Pontiac, Royal Oak, Wixom and Clarkston, as well as the Farmington, North Farmington, Troy, Huron Valley Milford, Lake Orion and Oxford High Schools throughout Oakland County. Items purchased for teacher and student instruction and hands-on learning included: Road Force Elite Tire Balancers with SmartScan laser measuring systems; a Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS); Transmission Fluid Exchange machines with Flush Kits; Coolant Flush Machines with Booster Pumps and Flush Kits; Diagnostic Thermal Imaging Cameras; a Fluke Handheld Oscilloscope; a ConsuLab Ohm’s Law and DC Circuits Trainer; an ATech Power Door Locks Trainer; an ATech Charging System Trainer; an Enhanced Table-Top Design Tire Changer with Swing Arm, Bead Press System, Wheel Lift and Clamping Range; and a Challenger Two-Post, Symmetric Auto Lift with three-stage front and rear arms, mechanical lock release, and accessory and stack adapter kits.

About OSEF

OSEF is a non-profit public charity supporting educational and enrichment programs offered by Oakland Schools and its 28 constituent district schools. For 15 years, the Foundation has championed public education and enhanced the learning opportunities for the more than 160,000 students throughout the county. Furthermore, the Foundation works to build connections between business, industry and community leaders and education throughout Southeast Michigan.

About The Margaret Dunning Foundation

The Margaret Dunning Foundation was founded by Ms. Dunning in 1997. She was born in 1910 in Redford Township, Michigan, and moved with her mother to Plymouth, Michigan in the 1920s. During her lifetime, Ms. Dunning was a successful business woman, philanthropist and civic booster. She was a major supporter of many Plymouth nonprofits, including the Plymouth District Library and the Plymouth Historical Society. In addition to her personal philanthropy, Ms. Dunning was a classic car enthusiast and a regular participant in the Woodward Dream Cruise with her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster.

Ms. Dunning died in 2013 at the age of 104. Her estate provided additional funding for the Margaret Dunning Foundation, which continues to support her charitable interests and legacy. For more information:

About Oakland Schools

Oakland Schools, one of 56 Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) in Michigan, was established in 1962. ISDs are regional service agencies that offer support services to school personnel that are best delivered regionally, as measured by cost, size and quality advantages. Oakland Schools is an autonomous, tax-supported public school district governed by Michigan General School Laws.


About Oakland Schools
Oakland Schools is a regional service agency that offers support services to school personnel which are best delivered regionally and provide cost, size and quality advantages to those we serve. Oakland Schools is an autonomous, tax-supported public school district governed by Michigan General School Laws and is one of 56 intermediate school districts (ISDs) established in Michigan in 1962.

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