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GM donates state-of-the-art vehicles to Automotive Program

From left: Carlos Vasquez, GM ASEP instructor; Mark Davis, program manager for Seminole State’s Automotive Program; Grey Haley, Chevrolet manager aftersales; Steve Giammalvo, Buick GMC manager aftersales.

Seminole State College of Florida has received a much-needed update to the fleet of vehicles available for its Automotive Program, thanks to support from General Motors.

Since December, GM has donated eight vehicles to Seminole State’s GM-Automotive Service Educations Program (GM-ASEP) as part of the company’s rededication to supporting its affiliate programs.

“We are grateful to General Motors for its continued commitment to Seminole State’s automotive students,” says Mark Davis, program manager for the Automotive Program. “Students in our GM track will use these automobiles to perform specific hands-on tasks that will earn them GM technician credentials.”

The vehicles donated recently include:

  • 2014 GMC Sierra 4x4
  • 2014 Cadillac XTS
  • Two 2013 Cadillac ATSs
  • 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
  • 2013 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2013 Chevrolet Sonic
  • 2012 Chevrolet Traverse

GM has donated dozens of cars since 1998, when Seminole State’s program was named a GM-ASEP site. However, between 2009 and late 2013, vehicle donations were less frequent for ASEP programs nationwide.

“What makes the recent vehicle donations stand out are the quantity, quality and condition of these vehicles,” Davis says. “These vehicles have the latest in emerging automotive technologies and will give students the opportunity to work hands-on with issues presented by modern vehicle systems.”

Seminole State has a reserve of more than 50 vehicles available to students in the Automotive Program. To make room for the new vehicles, some older ones will be donated to local National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)-certified high schools with automotive training programs.

In 2006, the GM-ASEP program was named the top manufacturer-affiliated post-secondary automotive program in the nation by the Automotive Industry Planning Council (AIPC).

Seminole State College’s Automotive Program offers Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in three unique tracks, as well as a vocational certificate in automotive service technology. Students train in the $10.1 million state-of-the-art CFADA Professional Automotive Training Center. For more information about the Automotive Program, including the GM-ASEP track, visit the program’s website.

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