(North Canton, OH – Feb. 20, 2014) – Stark State College recently received new additions to its training facility: eight late-model vehicles from General Motors. The Chevrolet Silverado, Malibu hybrid and Camaro convertible; Cadillac CTS-V and SXR; and Buick Enclave and Regal are being used in classes to help train skilled technicians critical for the automotive industry.
GM has donated 35 cars to Stark State since 2001.
“We are proud to support training programs that prepare the next generation of automotive technicians,” said Todd Dawn, GM ASEP (automotive service education program) and AYES (automotive youth educational systems) program manager. “Our dedication to excellence starts at the training level by partnering with schools in communities around the globe to share our collective passion for the automotive industry and educate, inspire and motivate the technicians of tomorrow.”
For the past 35 years Stark State College has been helping the auto industry develop and retain highly skilled automotive technicians. The College has graduated 73 GM ASEP students since its first class in 2003.
ASEP graduates complete 75% of the General Motors technician technical training during the two-year apprenticeship program, said Stark State automotive instructor Mike Conway. Students, taught by GM master certified instructors, attend Stark State for five eight-week periods and spend four eight-week periods at a dealership before earning their associate degree.
“Stark State’s automotive department also offers general automotive programs as well as Toyota, Honda, and Caterpillar lift truck programs,” Conway said. “Each program is unique, but all of them prepare our students to enter the high-tech automotive field.”