GM’s Diesel Donation Brings Latest Technology to Gateway’s Auto Programs

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
 

Thanks to General Motors (GM) generous donation of more than $300,000 in new diesel trucks to Gateway Community College’s GM-ASEP (Automotive Service Educational Program), students will train on vehicles that feature the latest in diesel, electronic, and safety technology. Two Chevrolet Silverados and three GMC Sierras will be added to Gateway’s extensive inventory in the coming weeks. These vehicles will help to recruit and educate a new cohort of skilled automotive technicians.

“These vehicles will be utilized right away,” said Dan Fuller, program coordinator for GM-ASEP.  “They have all the latest technology including panic braking, lane assist and many of the features that the newest luxury vehicles possess.”

The donated vehicles also will enable Gateway to offer diesel technology in their curriculum. Diesel technology is an important area of growth: Advances in emission control technology, along with the introduction of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel in the last decade, have helped to reduced engine noise and fuel odor, improved performance, and decreased emissions of diesel vehicles.
 
“Our faculty completes hundreds of hours of industry training and updates every year,” Fuller said. “All of the faculty in all of our programs are up to date and certified at the highest level.”
 

The cooperative ASEP program, designed by GM and offered at Gateway, prepares students for a high paying career working in GM dealerships and AC Delco independent repair facilities. Through a special arrangement, students attend classes and labs at Gateway’s North Haven automotive campus, and then work at paid internships at GM dealerships or AC Delco garages.

Students enrolled in the ASEP program receive state-of-the-art instruction on General Motors’ products, assemblies, service information and advanced technologies. They graduate the program well on their way to being certified GM Master Technicians.

Gateway’s three programs, General Motors-ASEP, American Honda PACT (Professional Automotive Career Training), and the general Comprehensive Automotive Repair & Service, or CARS, program have all been nationally recognized by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) foundation and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Since 1979, GM’s commitment to support the GM-ASEP colleges has produced more than 16,000 skilled service technicians. Students interested in pursuing a career in automotive technology can contact Program Coordinator Dan Fuller at 203-285-2370 or dfuller@gatewayct.edu or Automotive Facilitator Ed Barlage at 203-285-2334 or ebarlage@gatewayct.edu. More information can be found at https://www.gatewayct.edu/automotive.