Saddleback Automotive Technology Program Accepts Donated Vehicles Valued at More than $65,000

Vice President for Student Services Juan Avalos, Kia Motors America Manager, Product Communications James Hope, Vice President for Instruction Kathy Werle, Automotive Technology Professor and Department Chair Clifford Meyer, Automotive Technology Assistant Professor Vincent Pollizzi.


Professors Clifford Meyer and Vincent Pollizzi give a tour of the automotive technology department to James Hope of Kia Motors America and Elissa Oransky of the Saddleback College Foundation.

Saddleback College’s automotive technology program is the proud recipient of three new vehicles, thanks to Kia Motors America. The new vehicles, a 2012 Kia Rio 5, a 2011 Kia Sorrento, and a 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid, are valued at more than $65,000 and will be used by the college’s automotive technology classes in “live lab” activities. The donated hybrid vehicle will be used to train students enrolled in the college’s alternative fuel vehicle courses.

James Hope, manager of product communications at Kia Motors America, stated, “Local community involvement is a cornerstone of Kia Motors America, Orange County. The opportunity to provide vehicles to Saddleback College is just one way to reach out to local businesses and students.”

Clifford Meyer, professor and department chair of automotive technology, stated, “We are very appreciative of our five-year partnership with Kia Motors America, who has donated ten vehicles to our department. Thank you to Alan Davis and Howard Lim for their support of our college and program and for helping to secure these vehicles to provide enhanced training opportunities for our students.”

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