CCAC partners with GM to chart debt-free path to good-paying auto technician jobs

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County is one of seven community colleges partnering with General Motors (GM) to launch the GM Dealer Technician Scholarship, a program that can help students graduate debt-free with a two-year associate degree in Automotive Technology. CCAC is the only college in Pennsylvania participating in the program; the other six colleges are located in Ohio and Michigan.

A total of 80 students will be eligible for scholarships that will cover their full tuition and fees. Their coursework and paid co-op experience will expose them to many of GM's industry-leading technologies, including battery-electric vehicles, semi-autonomous driver assistance systems such as Cadillac Super Cruise, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and more.

"We're tearing down the barriers that stand in the way of people pursuing these good-paying, high-tech jobs," said Terrence Rhadigan, executive director, GM Corporate Giving. "After two years, we want people to hit the ground running, so we will help them get a quality education, technical training and hands-on experience without the burden of student loans."

The scholarship program, which will welcome its first class this fall, includes co-op learning experiences at Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealerships, where students will work hand-in-hand with experienced technicians to maintain and repair today's high-tech vehicles. The end goal: full-time employment at one of more than 4,000 GM dealerships around the country.

"The service lane is a competitive advantage for GM and our dealers, and we want to keep it that way with the best new talent we can find," Rhadigan added.

The GM Dealer Technician Scholarship will also help the company and its dealers address the growing demand for highly trained automotive service technicians. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the industry will need 46,000 more technicians by 2026 due to anticipated demand and attrition.

For more information about CCAC's scholarship program, contact George Kerlin, CCAC Automotive Technology instructor and GM ASEP program coordinator, at gkerlin@ccac.edu.

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