Tazewell County Career & Technical Center receives four new Harley-Davidson motorcycles

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TAZEWELL, Va. — Four new Harley-Davidson motorcycles were delivered to the Tazewell County Career & Technical Center Thursday morning.

The donation was the result of a partnership between Cole-Harley Davidson and Harley-Davidson Motor Company, and the center received a Dyna Switchback, a 1200 Nightster Sportster, an Electra Glide Ultra Classic and a Softtail Slim.

They will be used in the center’s small engine repair program, which is known as “Harley High” and has been in existence for 30 years serving students in Tazewell and Bland counties.

“These students are the future of the motorcycle industry,” said Charlie Cole, owner of Cole-Harley Davidson. “We are excited to partner with the instructors and assist the students with this unique learning opportunity. We look forward to our continued relationship with such a fantastic program.”

That relationship has been ongoing for several years. In 2014, the center received 20 new engines and transmissions.

Mike Blankenship, service director at Cole Harley-Davidson, volunteers his time on a regular basis to provide specific technical instruction on the Harley-Davidson equipment.

Since receiving the first donation of the engines and transmissions, at least 45 students have rotated through the program and have benefited from the equipment.

“It has been amazing to see how much support we have received for instruction from Cole Harley-Davidson and the Harley-Davidson Corporation,” said Rod Gillespie, the center’s principal. “They have definitely helped to make Harley High the premier motorcycle service shop in the state. And the best thing about it is that our students are the primary beneficiaries of their willingness to help.”

Instructor Mike Howington heads the curriculum at the center.

Cole Harley-Davidson, located on Bland Street in Bluefield, W.Va., will celebrate its 20th year in business in May 2018.

The business is in what used to be a 1930s Oldsmobile/Cadillac dealership with exposed brick walls and trusses. It is owned and operated by Charlie Cole and Chaz Cole, fifth and sixth generation businessmen in the Bluefield area.

— Contact Charles Boothe at cboothe@bdtonline.com.

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