General Motors dealers today donated the latest in a long line of vehicles to Monroe Community College for automotive students to use as they train to become GM-certified automobile repair technicians.
The donation of 2017 GMC Sierra Denali diesel truck was unveiled Friday morning at MCC’s Applied Technologies Center on West Henrietta Road. The center houses the GM Automotive Service Educational Program.
“Apprenticeship programs like ASEP have long been the foundation of the American workforce and continue to be instrumental in preparing individuals for the jobs of the future,” said Mike Zafonte, regional training manager for GM’s Northeast region. “Our support of students and the program is vital to our long-term business success. We look forward to growing our relationship with MCC.”
“This program provides students with the highest quality automotive education possible,” said Greg Stahl, owner of Bob Johnson Chevrolet. “When Bob Johnson Chevrolet sponsors a student, we know we are getting the best of the best to work on our customers’ vehicles.”
Some 230 students have graduated from the program, with 100 percent of them placed in jobs. Since the program began in 1985, GM has donated 51 vehicles and other equipment.
“With GM’s partnership, our students gain skills linked to industry standards, so they can contribute in the workplace at the highest levels from day one,” said MCC President Anne M. Kress.
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