Students focused on becoming General Motors (GM) certified automotive technicians are enjoying a huge, hands-on boost to their curriculum. GM recently donated five 2019 GM Duramax Diesel trucks to Fox Valley Technical College.
The instructional vehicles, each valued at $50,000, all came with a different option package so students learn new things as they work on each truck. With technology constantly changing, students are getting hands-on experience in diagnosing problems and making repairs.
The GM/FVTC vehicle donation partnership has been going strong for 20 years and FVTC is proud to have the GM Factory-Authorized Associate Degree Training Program. While GM typically donates vehicles throughout the school year, this is the first time the vehicle maker offered five trucks at one time.
“The students generally expect to see equipment like this, but when they saw all five trucks here at once, they were all over them,” says Bob Hicks, GM ASEP instructor and program coordinator. “They hadn’t had a lot of experience with these models so they wanted to work on them immediately. I put the trucks in the rotation two days after they rolled onto the FVTC campus and they’ve been working on them since.”