Gwinnett Tech gets car for automotive program

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The automotive technology program at Gwinnett Technical College has a new addition to its training fleet -- an all-new Kia Sorento donated by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Inc.

Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels and John Stahl, the college's automotive program director, received a Kia "key to the future" during a special event last week at the Kia Georgia Training Center in West Point, when Kia Motors donated 20 Sorentos to the Technical College System of Georgia.

"The Kia Sorento will be of great benefit to our automotive students, providing additional opportunities for the real world, hands-on training for which our students are known," Bartels said. "There is nothing more valuable than the opportunity to learn on the latest models and technologies."

Kia first announced it was going to build an automotive manufacturing facility in Georgia in 2006. The Kia Georgia Training Center, operated jointly by Kia and Georgia Quick Start, opened its doors in 2008, and since then, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia has hired more than 1,700 employees who began producing the Sorento in November.

"The 2011 Kia Sorento is a state-of-the-art vehicle. With the donation from Kia, our students will be able to train on the most modern automotive systems in the industry," Stahl said. "This training will give our students a competitive edge in the automotive profession."

The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the 2011 Kia Sorento starts at $19,995, according to www.edmunds.com

Gwinnett Tech offers an associate of applied science degree in automotive technology, as well as diplomas in both automotive technology and automotive fundamentals and certificates in automotive engine performance, automotive suspension and steering, basic automotive and heavy diesel service technician.

For more information on all programs, visit www.gwinnetttech.edu or call 770-962-7580.