Thanks to State Farm Agents Ronnie J. Holden and Mike Herndon, the Automotive Technology Program at the Walker County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) will receive a 2007 Chevrolet Impala. The hail damaged vehicle is being donated to the Automotive Program at GNTC to enable students to have a newer vehicle to practice on when learning the mechanical automotive trade.
The key exchange ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 19 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 108.
The vehicle was insured by State Farm had been totaled due to hail damage. Though the exterior of the vehicle is damaged, the interior mechanics are in good repair and will be of great use in training future automotive technicians.
State Farm agents Holden and Herndon said “We are excited to help the automotive program in our home community. The fact that students will have a relevant vehicle to practice on is exciting. We want students to have relevant items to practice on so that they are prepared to enter the local workforce with diverse knowledge.”
The agents worked on the donation with Tony Peco, Program Director of the Automotive Technology Program at the Walker County GNTC Campus. When first approached by the State Farm Agents, Peco stated that his “only criteria is that students be given something roadworthy to train on.” He went on to mention that, “the last vehicle donated to the program was a 1997 Lincoln Towncar.”
After learning the requirements of the GNCT program, the Agents worked with their counterparts in State Farm’s Claims Department for help in obtaining a suitable vehicle.