Students in the automotive technology program at Salina Area Technical College now have their own hybrid vehicle to work and learn on, thanks to a donation from Conklin Cars.

On Monday afternoon, the Salina dealership donated a 2010 Toyota Prius to the college, the first hybrid in the college’s stable of vehicles from which students learn.

Auto tech instructor Russ Wasson said the program has included classes on hybrid vehicles for several years, but finding some for students to get hands-on experience with, has meant asking around and borrowing them as needed.