Kia Donates 2011 Sorento
to Ogeechee Technical College
Dr. Dawn Cartee gets Kia ‘key to the future’ in ceremony in West Point, Ga.
Pictured above: Mr. K.S. Kim, Dr. Cartee, Allen McDaniel, and Commissioner Jackson
West Point, Ga. -- Ogeechee Technical College received a Kia key to the future during a special event held today at the Kia Georgia Training Center in West Point, Ga., when Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Inc. (KMMG) donated 20 of the all-new Kia Sorentos to the Technical College System of Georgia. The colleges receiving the cars were chosen based on the size of enrollment in their automotive programs.
KMMG deeply appreciates the support we continue to receive from the State of Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue, Commissioner Ron Jackson and the entire Technical College System Board of Directors, said KMMG President and CEO Byung Mo Ahn. The donation of these vehicles is just one expression of our deep appreciation for all that Georgia's technical college system has done to support our success.
“The Technical College System of Georgia has been an important partner for Kia Motors Manufacturing from the very beginning,” said Mr. K.S. Kim, senior vice president of KMMG, during the presentation ceremony. “Many of the technical colleges have provided support for our endeavor, and most especially Georgia Quick Start has been critical to our success, as they have developed and delivered workforce training that is the new global benchmark in our industry of advanced automotive manufacturing.
“The donation of these vehicles is just one expression of our deep appreciation for all that Georgia’s technical college system has done to support our success,” Mr. Kim added. “We consider the keys to these Kia Sorentos to also be the keys to the future for technical college students across the great state of Georgia.”
Kia first announced it was going to build an automotive manufacturing facility in Georgia in 2006. The Kia Georgia Training Center, operated jointly by Kia and Georgia Quick Start, opened its doors in 2008, and since then, KMMG has hired more than 1,700 team members who began producing the best-selling, award-winning Sorento last November.
Commissioner Ron Jackson received the donation on behalf of the TCSG. “Students across the state will have the opportunity to experience some of the most sophisticated automotive technology on the market today,” Jackson said. “KMMG’s generous donation will help prepare our graduates with the knowledge and experience to compete in the world of advanced automotive manufacturing.”
“The contribution of a new Sorento from Kia will be a great addition to our Automotive Technology program,” stated Ogeechee Technical College president, Dr. Dawn Cartee. “Kia’s generosity in providing a vehicle to our College will be a benefit to Ogeechee Tech students for years to come.” Ogeechee Tech’s Automotive Technology program maintains an enrollment of around 50 to 65 students, depending on the quarter. The numbers have been growing over the past few years, according to Cartee.
Allen McDaniel, Ogeechee Tech Automotive Technology instructor, was on hand for the presentation ceremony, and acknowledged the benefit to OTC’s program which the Kia represents. “Having a vehicle with the latest technology available is great for our students. The newest vehicle we have to work on now is a 2004, so having a 2011 will make a huge difference in us being able to train on the latest technology,” stated McDaniel.
Ogeechee Tech maintains state of the art automotive facilities which allow students to learn all aspects of automotive repair and maintenance. “Having corporate support for our College is great, especially when it involves something that will be a direct benefit to our students and the level of training they will receive,” concluded Cartee.
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