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The 26-bay auto repair classroom is dedicated to the family that owns Suburban Auto Group in Sandy

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: GLENN WRIGHT, MHCC - Jenny Bailey, Erinn Sowle, left, and Jerry Jaksich watch as Nancy Jaksich and her grandson Fletcher Bailey cut the ribbon on the newly-named Jaksich Family Automotive Technology Center at Mt. Hood Community College.  Mt. Hood Community College Wednesday officially renamed its automotive technology center as a tribute to the Nancy and Jerry Jaksich family.

The newly-christened Jaksich Family Automotive Technology Center is a 26-bay auto center that serves as the training hub for the college's associate of applied science automotive degree programs.

"It is with great pride that the college is able to honor one of our college's great supporters," said Al Sigala, executive director, development and communications at the college. "The Jaksich family's generosity is an example of their dedication to the success of our students."

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: GLENN WRIGHT, MHCC - Students and staff join the Jaksich family in front of the tech center. Nancy and Jerry Jaksich and their daughter Erinn Sowle own and operate Suburban Auto Group in Sandy and are longtime supporters of the college and the automotive technology program.

Nancy has served on the MHCC foundation board for more than 11 years. She has been president, vice president and secretary of the foundation board. She also has served on the foundation's auction, finance and executive committees.

In May 2017, Nancy was recognized with an MHCC Patron Saint Award. Additionally, the foundation's Finance Committee named the 2017 Hero for Education Scholarship in Jaksich's honor.

The Jaksich family has donated about $200,000 to MHCC through the years. In 2017, the family established an endowed scholarship for Automotive Technology students. The Jaksiches also hire students and graduates to work at their family dealerships.

"Not only has the family given monetarily, but they hire many of our graduates from our automotive technology program," Sigala said.

"It's a great example of a public/private partnership. Suburban Auto gets great employees and our students have excellent jobs."

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