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General Motors Donates Vehicle to Automotive Technology Program

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 15, 2014) – General Motors, one of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers, recently donated a vehicle to University of Central Missouri for its Automotive Technology Management program.

GM vehicle donation

Scott Wilson, second from right, professor of automotive technology, receives the keys to 2014 Chevrolet Malibu from Phil Griggs, right, GM maintenance planning coordinator. The vehicle was donation to UCM’s School of Technology by General Motors. Present were, left to right, Troy Comiskey, GM general assembly area manager; Michele Brennan, executive assistant to the GM Fairfax assembly plant; Doug Short and Alex Richards, assistant professors of automotive technology; Ryan Craig, president of the UCM student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers; Douglas Koch, chair of the School of Technology; Alice Greife, dean of the College of Health, Science, and Technology; Vicki Hale, Local UAW 31 president; and David Carter, assistant manager of the GM Fairfax assembly plant.

The 2014 Malibu was accepted at GM’s Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, Kan., by representatives of UCM’s College of Health, Science, and Technology, School of Technology and Automotive Technology Management program.

The 2014 Malibu will be used to train aspiring students enrolled the Automotive Technology Management program at UCM.

“We are proud to support training programs that prepare the next generation of automotive technicians,” said Rick Jackson, manager for GM’s educational programs. “Our commitment to our customers goes well beyond building a quality product. 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 tomorrow’s engineers.”

“The University of Central Missouri plays an important role in helping the auto industry fill a critical need: developing and retaining skilled technical managers,” said Douglas Koch, chair of the UCM School of Technology. “This generous donation from GM enables us to deliver the highest quality education to our students.”

The vehicle will join the School of Technology fleet of vehicles, including alternative fuel vehicles, that provides hands-on experience for students seeking to enter the field of automotive technology.