NC Motive Power programs to benefit from GM Canada donation

David D’Amico, president of David Chevrolet, Corvette, Buick, GMC; Wayne Toth, Motive Power professor and program coordinator and Elizabeth Tait, motive power student all pose with three Saturn Vues recently donated to Niagara College by GM Canada.

Students in Niagara College’s motive power programs will have three new vehicles in their automotive lab thanks to a donation General Motors Canada.

GM Canada recently donated three Saturn Vues, valued at $15,000, for use in the labs of the Motive Power programs based at the Welland campus.

“General Motors has been very generous in supporting our programs with vehicles and engines that allow our students to have hands-on experience with the latest technology,” said Wayne Toth, Motive Power professor and program coordinator.

The vehicles will be used in the automotive programs to enhance the learning of technology in a variety of subjects including continuously variable transmissions, four-wheel drive technology, eco tech engines and electronic powertrain control module and body control module diagnosis.

“These vehicles, along with previous GM donations, allow our program to evolve with the latest technology on today’s vehicles,” said Toth.

In 2010, GM Canada donated 50 new V6 engines to the college’s motive power programs.

Niagara College’s motive power co-op programs have a regularly-updated curriculum that includes hybrid technology, alternative fuels, and new engine technologies.

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