Vehicles give boost to Automotive Technician programs

10/31/2006 9:42:01 AM

From left, Scott Parsons, Automotive Service Technician (AST) Instructional Assistant; Glenn Madore, Instructional Coordinator; Sean Hickey, Manager Dennis GM Stephenville; Marty Madore, AST Instructor; Rod Gillam, Sales Manager Dennis GM; and Richard Dennis, President Dennis GM.

College of the North Atlantic (CNA) has again received a donation to the tune of $300,000 from Dennis GM and GM Canada.

Ten vehicles were delivered to the Martin Gallant Building in Stephenville Crossing on October 15, bringing the total value of donations to CNA from GM to over $800,000. Four of these vehicles were then sent to Goose Bay, one to Gander and five will remain at Bay St. George campus.

“The relationship between CNA and this industry employer improves the quality of our program, enabling the college to produce students who are industry ready,” says Automotive Service Technician instructor Marty Madore.

Local dealership manager Sean Hickey is making strides, says Madore, in contacting GM of Canada on a regular basis to see what donations he can obtain for the college.

“This donation was enormous in that it encompassed full size pickups. The value of this donation if purchased new would be about $300,000. These vehicles were made available thanks to the continuous efforts of Mr. Hickey.”

The vehicles were donated because they either had a flaw, or were damaged during the manufacturing process. The donation agreement requires that the vehicles be dismantled after training is completed.


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