Our Automotive Technology program prepares students with entry level skills and knowledge necessary for a career in the automotive industry. Students may receive an Associates Degree in Applied Science with an Automotive Technology major. They may also pursue a one-year certificate as an Automotive Mechanic.
Automotive Technology Degree
Automotive Mechanic Certificate
The story of the Lightning Bug all started when Dr. John Wright of Marshall bestowed a 1972 Volkswagen super beetle to the Lake Land College Foundation. While college President Scott Lensink saw the car’s potential, he admitted he didn’t at first know what the college would do with the classic automobile. The power train was operable, but very weak and the chassis was severely corroded. The value was about $3,200.
However, the “bug” initiated one of the most exciting alternative energy projects on Lake Land’s campus. Several instructors are currently converting the former clunker from gas to electric. The project is a partnership with Mid America Motorworks in Effingham. The group is in the process of removing the engine and installing an electric motor. It recently received a custom paint job and was a huge hit at Mid America’s Fun Fest. Eventually, it will get a custom stereo system and, in the end, be used as a promotional and educational tool to teach students about “going green.”
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Forget the love bug; Lake Land has the lightning bug