ASHLAND, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Mass Bay Community College is "paying it forward" this year by donating six new vehicles to area vocational schools after they received them from General Motors.
The Ashland-based college received a total of eight new pickup trucks worth more than $360 thousand from General Motors, including five Chevrolet Silverado trucks and three GMC Sierras, as part of GM's annual "Automotive Technology Program."
Two trucks will stay at the College to be used by MassBay Automotive Technology’s GM ASEP Associate Degree program, and the others will be given to local schools.
Paul Bresnick, an instructor of Automotive Technology at Mass Bay, said the trucks are only used for educational purposes, never to be driven, titled or resold.
"It's a brand new diesel pick up truck that they just came out with, and they were all prototyped vehicles," he said. "And they donated them to us with the intent that we could keep a couple of them and donate the rest to high schools that support our program."
One of the schools included in the donations from Mass Bay is Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School in Framingham. The 60 automotive students at the school will be able to work on the truck, improving their "hands-on skills" in newer auto technology.
"Absolutely beautiful truck, we are very honored to have Mass Bay donate that to us, very generous for them and General Motors to donate that truck," Scott Morvan, Lead Teacher in Automotive Technology at Keefe Tech said. "It will serve students very well, this will be the first diesel vehicle in our fleet."
The other schools receiving the donated vehicles includes Minuteman Vocational Technical High School, Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, South Shore Vocational Technical High School, Weymouth High School, and Whittier Regional Vocational Technical School.
WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.