10/31/11 — GM donates vehicle to WCC

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GM donates vehicle to WCC

By Staff Reports
Published in News on October 31, 2011 1:46 PM

Wayne Community College has received a 2011 Equinox FWD LTZ through General Motors' corporate donations program for use in its GM Automotive Service Education Program, or ASEP.

The vehicle is the latest donation from GM, which has previously provided other vehicles and parts as training aids.

The Equinox came fully equipped with SiriusXM satellite radio, outside temperature gauge, compass, Bluetooth technology, back-up camera and other "high tech" options.

"It's like a rolling computer," said Craig Foucht, transportation systems technology department chair.

Foucht said the college has been fortunate to receive such donations, which allow students in the program to learn on state-of-the-art vehicles, so they will be better prepared upon entering the workforce.

Neil Gallagher, service manager at Chevrolet of Goldsboro, also expressed pride in being associated with the college.

"Our long-term partnership has and continues to produce quality technicians of the future," he said. "They can teach the latest in technology right here."

WCC students in the ASEP program work and learn on the job through the GM Training Network, which incorporates advanced automotive technical training with a strong academic foundation, and analytical and technical skills that are GM specific. Successful graduates earn an associate in applied science degree in automotive systems technology.

The college also offers an Automotive Systems Technology - Multiple Manufacturer Automotive Technician Educational Program that leads to certificates and degrees.