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
"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
For more information about CCAC's
scholarship program, contact George Kerlin, CCAC Automotive
Technology instructor and GM ASEP program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.