GTC auto program adds Lexus hybrid
Toyota Motor Sales donates vehicle

LAWRENCEVILLE - Toyota Motor Sales has donated a Lexus hybrid car to Gwinnett Technical College's automotive service technology program.

"This generous donation will expose students to the latest Lexus hybrid technology," said Larry Wehunt, Gwinnett Tech Toyota Technical Education Network (T-TEN) program director. "Students will learn and train with the Lexus hybrid and become familiar with its functions and many new technologically advanced features of alternative fuel vehicles."

The Lexus LS 600h L has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $106,035, according to Edmunds.com.

Hybrid technology, which uses both gasoline and electricity, requires the work of specially trained automotive technicians who have mastered additional performance and safety requirements, according to a news release. Gwinnett Tech's automotive service technology program already includes two Toyota Prius Hybrids, also donated by Toyota Motor Sales.

Gwinnett Tech is the only Georgia technical college that offers the T-TEN program, where students divide their time between classroom instruction and a Toyota dealership while in school, the news release states. Students have the option of earning an associate degree or diploma in the program, and the sponsoring dealership pays for the student's Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification tests.

The Lawrenceville school offers similar cooperative programs with other automotive manufacturers, including Nissan and Chrysler, the news release states.