Thursday, July 18, 2013

General Motors donates vehicles to J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Automotive Program

Automotive students at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College will have two new vehicles to work on this fall. General Motors (GM) recently donated a 2013 GMC Sierra Pickup and a 2009 Pontiac G6 to the General Motors Automotive Service Education Program (GM ASEP) program at Reynolds.  These vehicles will be added to the existing inventory of GM vehicles at the automotive training facility on the Goochland Campus and will be used in classes to help train the skilled technicians of tomorrow.   

The GM ASEP program incorporates the most advanced automotive technology with a strong academic foundation that enhances analytical and technical skills. Students earn an associate degree while working and learning on the job. The result is a solid education combined with invaluable work experience for GM dealerships. 

The 2013 GMC Sierra Pickup, equipped with the latest in technology and systems, was damaged in a train derailment during transportation and as a result was donated to the College for training automotive technicians. The 2009 Pontiac G6 has less than 700 miles on its odometer.   

Lorenza Dickerson, who has been instructing students in the GM ASP program since its inception at Reynolds in 1999, will utilize the vehicles in teaching the courses required to meet GM technical training requirements.  Under his guidance students will have the opportunity to closely examine and diagnose every component system both vehicles have to offer. 

“We are very grateful for this generous donation from General Motors which will enable the current and future automotive students to experience hands-on classroom skills” noted Alan Crouch, GMASEP Coordinator and Co-Program Head of Automotive Technology.   

“We are proud to support training programs that prepare the next generation of automotive technicians,” said Todd Dawn, GM ASEP and AYES Program Manager. “Our commitment to our customers goes well beyond building a quality product.  Our dedication to excellence starts at the training level by partnering with schools in communities around the globe to share our collective passion for the automotive industry and educate, inspire and motivate the technicians of tomorrow.” 

For more information on JRSCC’s Automotive Technology programs, please contact Alan Crouch, GMASEP Coordinator and Co-Program Head of Automotive Technology at (804) 523-5969 or by e-mail at