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Auto program welcomes diesel truck donation

If you were to ask Steve Reinarts, Dean of Dunwoody’s Automotive programs, why he was especially happy last week, he would quickly tell you that the season of giving came early for his department. 

Students looking over engine
Automotive students gathered around the 2012 GMC Sierra ¾ ton diesel pick-up truck donated by Luther Automotive group.

Delivering that gift was Meg Miller, Matt Carlson and Tim Stoesz, representatives from Luther Automotive Group, in the form of a 2012 GMC Sierra ¾ ton diesel pick-up truck­–a wish come true for Reinarts and his faculty. 

While speaking with the students, Stoesz stressed his company’s passion for helping students succeed in Automotive by continuing their strong relationship with Dunwoody.

“The stronger they are, the stronger we are,” he said.

The truck donation is the latest in a well-established partnership to help build career pathways for technicians. Dunwoody currently has nine students who are part of the Luther Tech Trac student sponsorship program. 

Students chosen for this program must prove themselves through their work ethic, and receive a faculty recommendation in order to be considered.  

students in front of diesel truck
Dunwoody Tech Trac program students gather around the the diesel pick-up donated by Luther Automotive group.

The program provides qualified students with up to $4,000 in tuition sponsorship to be used towards completion of an accredited two-year certificate or degree program. It also offers paid, part-time work at one of the Luther Group Dealerships while in school, allowing students to transition to full-time employment once they graduate. 

Automotive Dean receives keys to diesel truck
Tim Stroesz, Luther Automotive group service representative, right, hands Steve Reinarts, left, the keys.

“We want people who want a career, not a job,” Carlson said. 

“It’s the future of our business right here,” said Stoesz. 

Taking turns sitting inside and looking under the hood, students gathered around the diesel truck parked inside the Warren Building, home to the Automotive, Welding, and HVACR programs. 

“The Sierra will go to great use training our students on the latest in diesel technology,” Reinarts said. “It will be implemented fully into the curriculum after the first of the year.”