Bemidji Auto Value donates scan tool to NTC

In late January, the automotive technology programs at Northwest Technical College received a new Genisys EVO scan tool, donated by Bemidji Auto Value parts store.

The scanner was presented to NTC by Charlie Algaard, store manager, and Jim Gunstad, tool and equipment sales representative for Automotive Parts Headquarters, Inc.

“This scanner will allow us to diagnose the latest vehicles on the road,” said Mark Johnson, automotive service technology instructor at the college. “Proper diagnosis of automotive systems is crucial in providing customers fast, accurate repairs of their vehicles. The Genisys scanner will be used daily by NTC automotive students so they can learn proper diagnostic procedures on these vehicles.”

The Genisys EVO provides testing and analysis for automotive component wiring, circuit descriptions and component and control module locations. The scanner helps mechanics locate and identify the most likely source for a variety of different possible malfunctions in a vehicle’s engine, transmission or anti-lock brake systems.

“Today’s vehicles have very complex systems,” Algaard said. “As a result, the more hands-on experience a student can have with the latest repair technology, the better they will be prepared for a career in the automotive industry.

“Auto Value is proud to support Northwest Technical College and are delighted that we could play a role in enhancing the classroom experience for so many students.”

For more information, contact Lisa Bruns at the NTC Foundation, (218) 333-6678.

About Northwest Technical College
Northwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, is an open, inviting technological learning organization. For more than 40 years, the college has valued life-long learning and the worth and dignity of all people. Its open-enrollment policy, affordable tuition and high-quality education have attracted a diverse group of learners; today, the College serves more than 1,600 learners. The college offers more than 40 degree programs in areas such as business, health, human and protective services and environmental and industrial technology career programs. Classes are offered on the Bemidji campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. For more, visit