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Generous donors help ECTC relaunch motorcycle safety courses

Published on Aug 9, 2021

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) Workforce Solutions is relaunching Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider courses on Aug. 13, thanks to generous community donors Lori King, Carl Swope, Kevin Addington and LeeAnna Dowan, who collectively gifted six motorcycles to the program.

“Motorcycle safety has been a very popular community education class and we are thrilled to bring it back. We are so grateful to the donors who recognized the need and made the course a reality,” said ECTC Dean of Workforce and Technical Programs Mike Hazzard.

The course is designed to teach basic motorcycle components, how to ride safely, and how riders can protect themselves and others on the road. Participants will also navigate a land course to demonstrate proficient operation of motorcycle maneuvers. 

“It was exciting for us to be part of buying these bikes and donating them to the college,” said King, owner of Fun For All Motorsports.

As an ECTC alumni and 2015 Distinguished Alumni award recipient, Addington, owner of Addingtion Transportation Inc., said the opportunity to support the program was one he couldn’t pass up.

“This was a great way to give back to the college and community and to allow people who need this training to participate. It really is a great opportunity,” said Addington. 

Donor and attorney at law of Dowan Law Offices LeeAnna Dowan, Esq., whose donation purchased necessary safety equipment for the class, noted the benefits of the local course. 

“This course is more convenient compared to others offered as far as Louisville,” said Dowan. “It’s important for new riders to understand how to be safe out there on the road, not to mention there are great discounts for insurance rates. We really want riders to have the safest experience as best they can, for as long as they can.”

Swope, President and CEO of Swope Family of Dealerships, said the course is an important resource for motorcycle riders.

“Donating to this program is important to me because I’m a passionate motorcyclist,” he said. “I know so many people that ride motorcycles well and a few that don’t. I wish those that don’t would take advantage of this course because it could save them a whole lot of pain by learning how to ride a motorcycle well.”

Classes meet over the span of three days; Friday 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Successful completion of the course will waive the Kentucky Motorcycle License Skill Test. 

The cost of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course is $150. To learn more or register, visit https://elizabethtown.kctcs.edu/workforce-solutions/training-development/course-offerings.aspx.