Chrysler donates 6 vehicles to Gwinnett Tech's training program

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Students and teachers, start your engines.

Chrysler recently donated six late-model vehicles to Gwinnett Technical College's automotive technology program, expanding the school's training fleet with the lightly used additions.

Each of the vehicles -- a 2012 Dodge Journey, 2012 Fiat 500, 2011 Dodge Durango, 2011 Chrysler 300S, 2010 Chrysler 300C and 2010 Dodge Challenger -- arrived with less than 1,000 miles. They will be worked on the shops and classrooms of students training to be automotive technicians.

"Having a partnership with Chrysler is definitely a plus because the students are able to continuously retool and be able to learn the new skills and technologies that comes along," said Gail Edwards from Gwinnett Tech.

Leaders pointed to the increased need for students to keep up with ever-changing technologies as they train. The new additions to the fleet help further that mission and give Gwinnett Tech students a leg-up toward future employment with Chrysler, officials said.

"This donation by Chrysler guarantees that the technicians trained at Gwinnett Technical College gain the necessary experience to meet the immediate needs of customers promptly and efficiently," said Chuck Halsig, Chrysler's manager of vocational education.

The vehicles are valued at nearly $200,000.