Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Community College to Train Technicians for GM Dealers

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Community College to Train Technicians for GM Dealers

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A $700,000 cooperative effort between General Motors Corp. and Oklahoma City Community College is expected to train 16 0 new technicians over the next five years and train another 15,000 technicians through workshops, it was announced Tuesday.

Under the Automotive Service Education program, GM will provide automobiles, technologically-advanced equipment, educational equipment and component parts for the program, at a cost of $450,000, said Dr. Don Newport, college president.

The school's part of the bargain is to provide the facility and faculty - an investment of about $250,000, Newport said.

General Motors will provide training in Detroit for the college faculty, as well, Newport said.

The 160 trainees, whose average salary was estimated to be $25,000 yearly, will be sponsored by individual GM dealers for training on technologically-advanced equipment used in car maintenance and repair.

They would individually agree to terms with their sponsors. Then they would attend eight weeks of classes before their first on-the-job applications of the skills.

Students would then work eight weeks for the sponsor and continue the eight week school-to-job cycle throughout the two years of enrollment at the school.

The coursework leads to an associate degree.

Students with interest, but no sponsor would be matched up with dealerships, said the college.

Technological advances in electronics in the industry have led GM to develop the education program, said John Choulochas, national college coordinator manager for GM.

"The shade tree mechanic has been replaced by highly-trained technicians," Choulochas said.

Choulochas was credited with negotiating with the college for the new program, which has 35 such arrangements all over the country. …

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