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Kia Donates 2013 Optima for CPTC Automotive Technology Program

March 9, 2016 08:21 AM

Pete Snell and Randy Jackson standing holding up big Kia Motors key smilingCPTC automotive technology students received a new hands-on training tool recently, thanks to Kia Motors Manufacturing, Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) in West Point, Georgia. Kia officials donated a new 2013 Kia Optima to the Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) Foundation March 9, 2016, to enhance the CPTC automotive technology program. Due to KIA’s generosity, CPTC is one among several technical colleges in Georgia to receive one or more donated vehicles for educational and training purposes.

According to CPTC automotive technology instructor Larry Carr, the Kia donation will make a significant difference in the quality of training available to students at Coastal Pines. Students will now have the opportunity to clock more hours of hands-on training with a newer model automobile, one that has some of the latest technology and features available on the market, making graduates better prepared to meet the needs of customers and employers.

“It is important to provide students with the latest equipment and technology in order for them to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful, stated CPTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert. “Kia has been a champion supporter of technical education since opening their Georgia plant several years ago. We are pleased to partner with them to make Georgia’s workforce smarter and highly trained.”

CPTC automotive tech students posing with a car

“Kia is among those that make Georgia manufacturers so great. Not only do they provide thousands of well-paying jobs, invest heavily in facilities and equipment, and contribute significantly to our tax base, but they also are actively involved with and contribute to our communities. It's this kind of generosity that directly benefits our students who will have access to the newest automotive technology with the new Kia Optima in our training labs,” states Pete Snell, vice president for economic development.

Top left photo: Dr. Pete Snell (right), CPTC vice president for economic development, accepts the ceremonial Optima key from Randy Jackson, KMMG senior vice president of human resources and administration.

Bottom right photo: CPTC automotive technology students pose with their new “hands-on” training tool, a 2013 Kia Optima donated to the Coastal Pines Technical College Foundation by Kia Motors Manufacturing, Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) in West Point, Georgia.

 

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