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Dunning grant revs up LCTC auto tech lab

Dunning grant revs up LCTC auto tech lab 

The Livonia Public Schools Career Technical Center has received a generous grant of $46,000 from the Margaret Dunning Foundation for critical upgrades to machinery and equipment that is used by students enrolled in the LCTC Automotive Technology program.

The grant was used to purchase the following for the Auto Tech Lab:

  • Chromebook and computer cart for procedure acquisition, writing invoices and safety testing.
  • Tool boxes for organizing and storing tools.
  • Horizontal bandsaw and plasma cutter, which are used during the “fastener unit” and for fabrication work in the lab.
  • Electric trainers with storage boxes, multimeters and power probes, which will be used during the “electrical unit.”
  • Folding crane, for use during the “engine unit.”
  • Cordless drills, drivers and shop vacuums for the lab.
  • Hydra flaring tool, which is used during the “brake unit” and helps students produce a quality brake line.

“Updated equipment greatly enhances the learning opportunities for our students and further prepares them with the technological skills that are required in the modern automotive industry,” said Joe Anderson, principal at the Livonia Career Technical Center. “We are very grateful to the Margaret Dunning Foundation for this grant.”

The Automotive Tech program is just one of many career-focused programs at the Livonia Career Technical Center. To learn more, please visit


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

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