By RON FANFAIR
Toronto District School Board (TDSB) students are going to benefit from a generous General Motors (GM) present.
The automaker has donated 128 late model V6 and V8 auto engines to automotive programs in 19 schools selected after the schools expressed an interest in accessing the benefits that are immeasurable to co-op and auto shop program students.
“The value of this donation is immense in the automotive teaching area,” said Central Tech co-op teacher, Tony Rende. “The engines that GM is donating are in pristine condition, essentially cutting edge technology. Students will leave our program with experience working on state-of-the-art engines which will help them in their career path.”
In addition to helping to reinforce the transitional link from school to the workplace by allowing students to stay current with industry standards, the gift also reflects the company’s commitment to community and youth outreach.
“As a leader in innovation and technology, General Motors of Canada has always strongly supported education and investment in Canadian students,” said GM Canada assistant product manager, George Saratlic. “Giving students the opportunity to research and understand current vehicle and engine technology using a hands-on approach clearly provides a rich learning opportunity.”
APPS Transport Group has stepped up to the plate to move the 24,000 kg engines free of charge to the schools.
“We are very excited to partner with GM and the TDSB on this program,” said AAPS president, Rob McDonald. “Private business can contribute so much to the teaching of our children and we hope that by donating our time and equipment, we have in fact demonstrated what it takes for a company to be community-minded and responsible.”
TDSB chair Bruce Davis said the auto shop students will benefit from the hands-on learning that the engines will provide.
“Our partnership with GM and APPS exemplifies the true spirit of community which is at the heart of public education,” said Davis. “We are all interested in helping our young people succeed.”