GM donates Chevy Cruze to ACC’s Auto Program

General Motors has donated a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze to the Arapahoe Community College Automotive Technology Program.

chevy_cruze“We are very grateful to GM for this donation,” said Jerry Viola, Director of Automotive Technology at ACC. “We appreciate the continued generosity of GM, and the 2011 Chevy Cruze will be a great asset for our students, especially those in our GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP).”

ACC’s Automotive Technology Program earned NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc.) Master Accreditation for its GM ASEP automobile technician-training program in April 2012. Furthermore, ACC’s Automotive Technology program was nationally recognized as the “2011 School of the Year” by Tomorrow’s Technician magazine three years ago.

For more information about the Automotive Technology Program, please see ACC’s website,

Gene Haas Foundation Machining Technology Scholarship

GH_FoundationLogoThe Gene Haas Foundation Machining Technology Scholarship helps ease the financial burden of qualified students who are interested in machine operation and maintenance coursework.

Graduating high school seniors, GED recipients and displaced workers (anyone unemployed or looking to change their career) who want to pursue an associate degree or technology certificate in machining, are eligible for the one-year scholarship. Award amounts will range from $1,000 to $2,500 for each scholarship, depending on the cost of the applicants program. Currently the scholarship is available to United States residents only.

The online application for the Gene Haas Machining Technology Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year is currently available and will remain open until funds are exhausted. Click here for instructions and access to the application. If your computer has spam ware, or a firewall that blocks bulk emails, please add to your contacts or whitelist.

Verizon App Challenge

Verizon-challenge2013The Technology Student Association, in cooperation with the Verizon Foundation, Samsung and the MIT Center for Mobile Learning, is offering a competition for students from middle and high school (they don’t have to be members of TSA). Teams just need a faculty advisor to submit the entry.

To begin, gather a team of 5-7 students who wish to creatively solve a problem in your school or community by developing a mobile app that incorporates STEM principles and content. Bonus points will be given for apps that address education, healthcare, or energy conservation. More than one team is permitted per school. Teams must register by December 17 at

Then, prepare a 3-minute video describing the app and how it will function. Submit an essay that demonstrates the team’s understanding of the design process, the app’s functionality and its potential impact or outcome. And, submit a form signed by the school’s principal or administrator agreeing to the Challenge’s rules and use of the prize money.

Eight winning schools will receive a $20,000 cash grant, plus the students retain intellectual property rights to the app, which can be brought to the open market. And, each student on the winning team gets a Samsung Galaxy tablet and is invited to attend the 2014 National TSA Conference in Washington, D.C. in June to present their app to more than 5,000 attendees.