Massachusetts Bay Community College received a $3,000 grant from the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of Chrysler Corporation that will bring the latest equipment and technology to the college’s successful automotive program.
WELLESLEY HILLS (April 18, 2015) — Massachusetts Bay Community College received a $3,000 grant from the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of Chrysler Corporation that will bring the latest equipment and technology to the college’s successful automotive program.
The grant will be used to upgrade computer and storage systems, as well as support curriculum development and student recruitment.
“I can’t thank Chrysler enough,” said George Panagiotou, director of the automotive technology program at MassBay. “The grant will enable us to provide summer workshops and help us with the purchase of equipment that will help our program grow.”
In its Ashland-based Automotive Technology Center, MassBay provides students with industry-specific, hands-on technician training in four major automotive brands: JEEP/ Chrysler, BMW, General Motors, and Toyota-Lexus.
Through cooperative arrangements with regional dealers, students also participate in paid internships for up to 12 weeks at a time and can earn up to $16,000 — while earning their associates degree. Upon graduation, more than 98% of students gain full-time employment with respected dealers in the automotive field.
Founded in 1961, MassBay Community College is a comprehensive, open-access college dedicated to student learning and achievement through academically rigorous courses and programs. On the college’s three campuses in Wellesley Hills, Framingham, and Ashland, as well as online, MassBay awards associate degrees and certificates in more than 70 academic programs in the liberal arts and in career-driven fields.
The FCA Foundation has invested more $500 million in charitable organizations and initiatives that help empower people, and build strong, viable communities. FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) is the new name for the former Chrysler Corporation. The company designs, engineers, manufactures, and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, and FIAT brands. It is the seventh-largest automaker in the world.