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MassBay Donates Trucks to Keefe Tech Auto Program

MassBay GM ASEP students and instructors with the 6 trucks being donated to the local high school automotive programs, your consideration. Photo courtesy: MassBay Community College.

MassBay Community College’s Automotive Technology program is pleased to support local high school automotive programs by donating six 2019 GMC and Chevrolet trucks that were donated by the General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) to the College. A total of eight trucks worth more than $360,000 were donated to MassBay, including five Chevrolet Silverados and three GMC Sierras. Two trucks will stay at the College to be used by MassBay Automotive Technology’s GM ASEP Associate Degree program.

 Six others will be donated to local high school programs, enhancing student’s skills in the latest diesel, electronic, and safety technology. The six local high school automotive programs will have the opportunity to train on some of the latest vehicles on the market, perfecting their hands-on skills and expanding their automotive knowledge. The six 2019 GMC and Chevrolet diesel 1500 trucks will be donated to; 

Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School; Minuteman Vocational Technical High School, Lexington;  Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, Billerica;  South Shore Vocational Technical High School, Hanover; Weymouth High School, South Weymouth; Whittier Regional Vocational Technical School, Haverhill.

The trucks being donated have original sticker prices of more than $45K each, very low mileage, and were a part of the General Motors Captured Test Fleet. The donated trucks will provide students with experience working on the latest technology in diesel-fueled vehicles.

“We are grateful for this generous donation from one of our key strategic partners, General Motors,” said MassBay President Dr. David Podell. “The vehicles they’ve provided enable our students to stay current in the latest technological innovations that we see from GM every year. We are pleased to pay it forward by supporting local high school automotive technology programs, helping fill the pipeline of skilled automotive technicians in our region.”

“General Motors has a long history of commitment to building a solid workforce of automotive technicians throughout the country by providing our students with the latest vehicles to train on, as well as the ability to donate some of these vehicles to local high schools,” said MassBay General Motors ASEP Program Instructor, Paul Bresnick. “Their donation of these trucks will enable MassBay and local high school students learn essential vehicle diagnosis and service, and to build the necessary skills to enter the workforce as highly trained technicians, knowledgeable in their craft. We are thrilled to continue our close relationships with these high schools, knowing this will help strengthen the local automotive workforce.”

“Through the generosity of General Motors, and the thoughtfulness of the MassBay Community College’s Automotive Technology program, the automotive instructors of Keefe Technical High School are grateful for the donation of this 2019 truck,” said Keefe Technical High School Automotive Instructor, Scott Morvan. “This donation will greatly benefit the automotive students of our program by providing them with an extensive and appropriate example of current automotive technology. This opportunity will insure our graduates will prepare for entry into the marketplace with knowledge of technological innovations applicable to the current automotive industry.”

“MassBay’s donation of the 2019 GMC Sierra to Minuteman High School gives our students hands-on experience with the latest automotive technology,” said Donald Melanson, automotive instructor at Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School. “We are extremely grateful for MassBay Community College’s continued partnership, which helps prepare future technicians with rewarding careers in the automotive industry and narrows the skills gap.”

MassBay’s General Motors ASEP is designed to provide the technical competence and professional level training of the incoming dealership technicians. The ASEP program involves academics as well as automotive lecture/ laboratory instruction focusing on GM products at the MassBay Automotive Technology Center in Ashland. Students are also required to work at a GM dealership as part of the cooperative education phase of their training. The General Motors ASEP Program is a collaborative effort between MassBay and General Motors and is certified by the ASE Education Foundation (formerly the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation or NATEF) in all eight performance areas.