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January 21, 2005
DaimlerChrysler and Gwinnett Technical College Partner for Customers, Students
Corporate Donations Enhance Training of GTC’s Automotive Students
It is often said in education that people learn best from hands-on experience. Gwinnett Technical College and DaimlerChrysler - and its nearly 4,700 dealers nationwide - support that theory.
Just this month, Gwinnett Tech’s DaimlerChrysler College Automotive Program (CAP) received three automobile donations from the global organization, which produces small cars, sports cars and luxury sedans; as well as vans, heavy duty trucks and coaches. DaimlerChryslers’ passenger car brands include Maybach, Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge.
A 2005 Chrysler 300C, a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country and a 2004 Dodge Durango, valued at approximately $106,000 have been donated to the program to train tomorrow's technicians.
“We get donations from DaimlerChrysler because they sponsor this program as part of their national College Automotive Program (CAP),” said Tom Freels, DaimlerChrysler CAP program director at Gwinnett Tech. DaimlerChrsyler has donated more than a dozen automobiles to the college’s program.
“These donations provide the latest and greatest in technology,” Freels said.
Students get hands-on experience by learning and working on the vehicles in the classroom, but also have experience working in dealerships directly. “[Students] start out in co-ops, going to school a quarter, then working full-time in a dealership a quarter,” Freels said. “And they stay with that dealership [while in school]. In essence, they have a job [with that dealership] before school is even done.”
Donations by DaimlerChrysler allow for the recruiting and potential placement of specialty trained technicians who are familiar with DaimlerChrysler products. “This donation by DaimlerChrysler guarantees that the technicians we train gain the necessary experience to meet the immediate needs of customers promptly and efficiently,” said Mike Collins, national manager of vocational education with DaimlerChrysler. “Customers and technicians alike have a lot to gain from this donation. It provides further educational opportunities for technicians and helps offer DaimlerChrysler customers a positive ownership experience.”
Gwinnett Tech’s DaimlerChrysler CAP program is one of only 30 programs nationwide, and the only CAP program in the state.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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