Grant Career Center receives General Motors donation

It is often said in education that people learn best from hands-on experience. General Motors and its dealers nationwide support that theory.

Grant Career Center Auto Collision Instructor Mike Patten and members of the senior class accept the donation of the red Saturn Ion from Jake Sweeney Chevrolet.
General Motors is making a further commitment to enhancing automotive services to customers in the Greater Cincinnati area, while at the same time promoting greater educational opportunities for future automotive technicians by donating a 2004 Saturn Ion to the Grant Career Center Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) Department.

General Motors, through their corporate donations program, assists institutions within the GM Training Network. This network incorporates advanced automotive training with a strong academic foundation in math, reading, electronics and both analytical and technical skills.

The donated Saturn Ion came from Jake Sweeney Chevrolet through the Gifts in Kind International organization. This group is the world’s leading charity in product philanthropy and one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the United States. They work together with the nonprofit world to help people in need-giving organizations access cutting-edge software, office products, toys, educational materials, building supplies and household goods.

Instructors Ric Kruse and Mike Patten will use the donated vehicle as part of the students’ training rotation in the Auto Collision program. Grant Career Center has been involved with the AYES program for the past 14 years and has benefitted greatly from such donations throughout their tenure.

“We are grateful for the generosity extended by General Motors to the Grant Career Center Auto Collision program. One of the best ways for students to learn and increase their skills is through the use of hands-on experience. Donations like the Saturn Ion allow our students the opportunity to increase their knowledge by dismantling the vehicle to view and study structural components and mechanical systems, practice refinishing and reassembling skills. These options are not possible with customer service vehicles. Thank you General Motors Corporation and Gifts in Kind International for your dedication to automotive students, educators, and schools and for providing us with the tools needed to advance tomorrow’s technicians,” instructor Mike Patten said.