Automotive Technologies students at the East Valley Institute of Technology will have the opportunity to work on a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, 2007 GMC Acadia, and two other engines thanks to a generous donation from two programs at Glendale Community College.
The vehicles were donated through General Motors ASEP (Automotive Service Educational Program), a training program at GCC, and the engines were donated through Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Service Educational Training), an apprenticeship program at GCC.
EVIT automotive instructor Randy Baker estimated the donations exceed $80,000 in monetary value. Thompson’s Towing towed the vehicles and engines to EVIT free of charge. The educational value, however, is priceless.
“It is one of our more significant donations because of the new technology,” Baker said.
GCC is one of several education institutions and businesses that serve on the advisory council for Automotive Technologies. Each EVIT program has an advisory council to ensure that training meets the latest industry standards.
Zac Soriano, 18, can’t wait to get his hands on the new vehicles. A senior from Chandler’s Basha High School, Soriano is a first-year automotive student at EVIT.
“It’s always cool to get something like this, especially from someone as big as GM. It’s giving us something more recent to work on,” Soriano said.
Soriano wants to use his EVIT training “to provide financial stability so I can own my own business or become an automotive engineer.” His ultimate dream: Move to Europe and work as an automotive engineer on American imports.
For more information about the EVIT Automotive Technologies program, click HERE.