(Gloucester Township, NJ) – General Motors donated a 2017 Cadillac CT6 to Camden County College’s GM Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP).
Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr, whose father was a longtime board of trustee member of the college talked about the importance of the automotive technology program.
“The thoughtful generosity of General Motors will
help countless students gain extremely important skillsets into good paying jobs in the automotive field,” Cappelli said. “This Cadillac will be a lab for our students who want to become qualified mechanics, which serves a critical role of our community college, not to just advance higher education but to give options to students who take an interest in earning a living working with their hands. Whether its dental hygiene, welding or automotive technology Camden County College is the place where the community comes to learn and advance their career.”
The ASEP program streamlines the path to becoming a highly trained automotive technician in less than two years and partners with local dealerships to hire students completing their certifications. Camden County College’s ASEP program has a 100% placement rate for graduates, and has educated over 230 technicians.
“Over the past number of years, we’ve seen an expansion of automotive advancements, from automatic parking systems to the increased production of electric cars, and we need skilled technicians now more than ever to make sure everything is running smoothly,” said Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). “The automotive technology program at Camden County College prepares the next generation of technicians for these high-tech jobs that will never be outsourced and will always be in demand for as long as we have cars on the road.”
GM has supported this program since 1983, when Camden Community College’s program was first named a GM ASEP location.
“We are proud to support training programs that prepare the next generation of automotive technicians,” said Michael Popowich, manager for GM ASEP. “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, including here in New Jersey, to share our collective passion for the automotive industry and educate, inspire and motivate the technicians of tomorrow.”
Since 2013, GM has donated 18 vehicles to the college’s ASEP, the only one of its kind South Jersey/Philadelphia area, with a 50-mile service radius. The vehicles donated recently include:
- 2015 Chevrolet Silverado
- 2014 Chevrolet Impala
- 2015 Cadillac Escalade
- 2013 Cadillac SRX
“This is a cost-effective way of getting into a highly technical area,” said Chris Gallo, Director of ASEP at Camden County College. “Comparatively, proprietary schools offer similar programs in the range of $30,000 to $40,000 for tuition and fees. Camden County students not only pay much less—about $13,191—but they also earn money while learning the latest technologies.”
Camden Community College offers Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in Automotive Technology. The College also offers a 20-credit certification in automotive training that provides a career ladder for those seeking a program that does not require academics at first.
Camden County College Camden County College is one of the largest community colleges in New Jersey and ranks among the top 100 nationwide in terms of associate degree graduates. Thanks to its technology-rich physical resources – located in Blackwood, Camden and Cherry Hill – and its highly-qualified, dedicated employees, the College has created a tradition of quality education and a reputation of agile, responsive service. Camden County College sustains a vibrant academic community characterized by imaginative teaching, caring student services, energetic management and collegial discussion of diverse ideas and opinions. More information can be found at http://www.camdencc.edu.