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August 02, 2010

Kia Donates 2011 Sorento to Gwinnett Tech
New Vehicle Will Expand GTC's Automotive Training Fleet


The Automotive Technology program at Gwinnett Technical College has a new addition to its training fleet – an all-new Kia Sorento donated by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Inc. (KMMG).

Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels and John Stahl, GTC automotive program director, received a Kia "key to the future" during a special event last week at the Kia Georgia Training Center in West Point, Ga., when Kia Motors donated 20 Sorentos to the Technical College System of Georgia.

"KMMG deeply appreciates the support we continue to receive from the State of Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue, Commissioner Ron Jackson and the entire Technical College System Board of Directors," said KMMG President and CEO Byung Mo Ahn. "The donation of these vehicles is just one expression of our deep appreciation for all that Georgia's technical college system has done to support our success."

President Bartels said, "The Kia Sorento will be of great benefit to our automotive students, providing additional opportunities for the real world, hands-on training for which our students are known. There is nothing more valuable than the opportunity to learn on the latest models and technologies."

"The Technical College System of Georgia has been an important partner for Kia Motors Manufacturing from the very beginning," said K.S. Kim, senior vice president of KMMG, during the presentation ceremony.

Kia first announced it was going to build an automotive manufacturing facility in Georgia in 2006. The Kia Georgia Training Center, operated jointly by Kia and Georgia Quick Start, opened its doors in 2008, and since then, KMMG has hired more than 1,700 team members who began producing the best-selling, award-winning Sorento last November.

Commissioner Ron Jackson received the donation on behalf of the TCSG. "Students across the state will have the opportunity to experience some of the most sophisticated automotive technology on the market today," Jackson said. "KMMG's generous donation will help prepare our graduates with the knowledge and experience to compete in the world of advanced automotive manufacturing."

Gwinnett Tech's Stahl is eager to have the Sorento on campus. "The 2011 Kia Sorento is a state-of-the-art vehicle. With the donation from Kia, our students will be able to train on the most modern automotive systems in the industry. This training will give our students a competitive edge in the automotive profession," he says.

Gwinnett Tech offers an associate of applied science degree in automotive technology, as well as diplomas in both automotive technology and automotive fundamentals and certificates in automotive engine performance, automotive suspension and steering, basic automotive and heavy diesel service technician.

GTC offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate program options that you can finish in two years or less.  For more information on all programs, visit or call 770-962-7580.

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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

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