Shoreline and GM donate transmissions to skill center

Richie Del Puerto (left), an automotive instructor at Sno-Isle Skills Center and Scott Main (right), GM ASEP instructor at SCC, shake hands over the donation of 19 current General Motors transmissions.

Richie Del Puerto (left), an automotive instructor at Sno-Isle Skills Center and Scott Main (right), General Motors ASEP instructor at Shoreline Community College, shake hands over the donation of 19 current GM transmissions donated to Sno-Isle through a partnership between GM and the college.

Students in the automotive program at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center now have 19 current General Motors transmissions to help them on their way to careers as automotive technicians.

The transmissions were donated to Sno-Isle through a partnership between General Motors and Shoreline Community College’s GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP).

“We’re very excited to work with GM to be able to make this donation,” said Michael Boehm, Director of Dealer Services & Manufacturer Relations for Shoreline’s Professional Automotive Training Center – Dealer Academy. “Sno-Isle has a great program training students for exciting jobs in the field.”

“Our hope is that some of Sno-Isle’s students may decide to continue their education through Shoreline’s stellar GM ASEP program, where they can get a world-class education from instructor Scott Main,” Boehm said. “But even if they don’t continue on with us in our GM, Toyota, Honda or Chrysler programs, this donation helps the Sno-Isle students and the businesses that hire them.”

Sno-Isle is a public school offering technical training for high-school aged students from 43 high schools in 14 school districts across Snohomish and Island counties. The Sno-Isle automotive program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

The training center at Shoreline offers manufacturer- and dealer-focused education and training. Students can earn a two-year Associate degree along with several manufacturer-specific certifications. Students alternate between a quarter at Shoreline and a quarter working in a dealership. Most students continue their employment at the dealer following graduation.

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