(Detroit, MI – June 12, 2019) – Stark State College will partner with General Motors Co. in launching the GM Dealer Technician Scholarship, a program that can help students graduate debt-free with a two-year associate degree in automotive technology.
A class of 80 students from seven community colleges in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan will be eligible for scholarships that will cover their full tuition and fees. Their coursework and paid co-op experience will expose them to many of GM’s industry-leading technologies, including battery-electric vehicles, semi-autonomous driver assistance systems like Cadillac Super Cruise, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and more.
“We’re tearing down the barriers that stand in the way of people pursuing these good-paying, high-tech jobs,” said Terrence Rhadigan, executive director, GM Corporate Giving. “After two years, we want people to hit the ground running, so we will help them get a quality education, technical training and hands-on experience without the burden of student loans.”
The General Motors scholarship is a great opportunity for Stark State students, said Mike Conway, department chair of automotive and transportation technology. “Those who complete the GM ASEP program will graduate with an associate degree, industry- recognized credentials, GM-specific certifications, real-world work experience and a job working at a dealership – and will be college loan debt-free,” he said. “The College and our students thank GM for this generous investment in future technicians. “
The scholarship program, which will welcome its first class this fall, includes co-op learning experiences at Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealerships where students will work hand-in-hand with experienced technicians to maintain and repair today’s high-tech vehicles. The end goal: full-time employment at one of more than 4,000 GM dealerships around the country.
“The service lane is a competitive advantage for GM and our dealers, and we want to keep it that way with the best new talent we can find,” Rhadigan added.
The GM Dealer Technician Scholarship will also help the company and its dealers address the growing demand for highly trained automotive service technicians. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the industry will need 46,000 more technicians by 2026 due to anticipated demand and attrition.
Stark State students and those from the following schools are eligible for the scholarship: Owens Community College, Cuyahoga Community College and Sinclair Community College in Ohio; Community College of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania; and Delta College and Macomb Community College in Michigan.
General Motors (NYSE:GM) is committed to delivering safer, better and more sustainable ways for people to get around. General Motors, its subsidiaries and its joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Cadillac, Chevrolet, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety and security services, Maven, its personal mobility brand, and Cruise, its autonomous vehicle ride-sharing company, can be found at www.gm.com.