July 18, 2014


PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio, July 18, 2014 –General Motors (GM), one of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers, recently added a 2014 GMC Yukon to the 11 other vehicles donated since the fall of 2012 to Owens Community College for its automotive training program.

“We are proud to support training programs that prepare the next generation of automotive technicians,” said Rick Jackson, manager for GM ASEP. “Our commitment to our customers goes well beyond building a quality product. Our dedication to excellence starts at the training level by partnering with schools in communities around the globe to share our collective passion for the automotive industry and educate, inspire and motivate the technicians of tomorrow.

The donated vehicles will be used to train aspiring technicians enrolled in GM’s Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP). The two-year associate degree program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to diagnose, correct, and repair electrical, fuel, emissions, and mechanical problems found in today’s modern automobiles. Owens students are taught by General Motors certified instructors and all lab/lecture instruction is specific to General Motors products. As part of the academic curriculum, students rotate between working full- time at a General Motors dealership and taking Owens classes full-time in eight-week increments. Scholarships are also available for prospective students interested in the program.

The GM ASEP began at Owens in 1988 and has had several hundred vehicles donated by GM for instructional purposes since that time.

“Owens plays an important role in helping the auto industry fill a critical need: developing and retaining skilled automotive technicians,” said Tracy Campbell, chairman, Owens Community College Transportation Technologies. “This generous donation from GM enables us to deliver the highest quality education to our students.”

For more information on Owens Transportation Technologies programs, please call (567) 661-7136. For more information on GM ASEP, visit www.gmasep.org


Since 1979, GM’s continued commitment to identify and support the GM ASEP colleges and universities has produced over 16,000 service technicians. GM ASEP incorporates advanced automotive technical training with a strong academic foundation of math, reading, and electronics, and both analytical and technical skills. Students can earn an Associate’s Degree while working and learning on the job, resulting in a solid education combined with invaluable work experience. More information can be found at www.gmasep.org.