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ACDelco TSS Scholarships Encourage Future Technicians, Reward Current Ones


Today’s vehicles are sophisticated, technologically advanced machinery with new features and systems being added all of the time. This - coupled with the ever-increasing number of car, truck, SUV, cross-over, and hybrid makes and models - means automotive technicians need to be better trained than ever to help keep vehicles on the road. And, employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to increase 9 - 17 percent through 2014.

ACDelco recognizes the demand for well-qualified automotive service personnel and is pleased to award scholarships to attract and retain workers to this profession. For the eighth consecutive year, ACDelco is awarding 10 nationwide scholarships exclusively to its TSS accounts through the ACDelco TSS Educational Scholarship Program. The scholarships are for technicians as well as the dependents of owners whose Independent Service Centers (ISCs) participate in ACDelco’s Total Service Support (TSS) program.

“Data shows that enrollment in technical schools continues to decline, as does the number of programs available, while the job market is expected to grow,” said John Putnam, ACDelco U.S. TSS Program manager. “The ACDelco Educational Scholarship Program is just one way ACDelco encourages young people to enter the field as well to help provide the means for them to pursue careers in the industry.”

ACDelco is awarding $27,500 in scholarships through the 2006 ACDelco TSS Educational Scholarship Program and congratulates the following winners:

Five dependents of TSS owners who each will receive a $3,000 scholarship:

* Jess Castagnos, of Donaldsonville, La., sponsored by Castagnos Auto Service, Inc., Donaldsonville, La.
* Tiffany Cannon, of Sylvania, Ga., sponsored by Auto Aid, Sylvania, Ga.
* Kristina Dobbins, of Hastings, Mich., sponsored by Jeff Dobbins’ Auto Service, Inc., Hastings, Mich.
* Kimberly Grove, of Hummelstown, Pa., sponsored by Grove Motors, Inc., Middletown, Pa. (two-time recipient)
* Geoffrey Shelstad, of Olympia, Wash., sponsored by Mike’s Plum Street Automotive, Olympia, Wash.

As well as five TSS technicians who each will receive a $2,500 scholarship:

* Thomas Foley, of Menomonee Falls, Wis., sponsored by Wittlins Service, Menomonee Falls, Wis.
* Keith King, of Katy, Texas, sponsored by Gary’s Tire & Auto Service, Inc., Houston, Texas
* James Sarros, of Okeechobee, Fla., sponsored by Autoworks Service Center, Okeechobee, Fla. (two-time recipient)
* Justin Stafford, of Berryton, Kan., sponsored by Fry’s Auto Repair, L.L.C., Topeka, Kan.
* Tom Sweeny, of Boynton Beach, Fla., sponsored by Ed’s Auto, Margate, Fla.

The ACDelco TSS Educational Scholarship Program is aimed at helping develop quality technicians, as well as future shop owners and operators. Participating TSS accounts can contact their ACDelco representative for more details, or visit, for more information about scholarship requirements, submission deadlines, and selection criteria.

ACDelco’s TSS program is uniquely positioned in the industry. It offers exclusive access to a wealth of tools, training and benefits to enhance nearly every aspect of an ISC’s business.

In addition to training, ACDelco’s TSS program benefits include:

* Association with the ACDelco brand and image and corporate commitment
* World-class products and powerful e-Business tools
* Award-winning advertising
* The opportunity to participate in various exclusive promotions and programs

ISCs interested in ACDelco’s TSS program are encouraged to visit or call 1-800-ACDelco.

ACDelco will continue its ACDelco TSS Educational Scholarship Program; details on the 2007 program follow at the end of this release. And, new for 2007, ACDelco recently announced it is teaming up with ACDelco-sponsored NHRA® Pro Stock® driver Kurt Johnson to launch the ACDelco “Drive to Win” promotion. Both ACDelco and Johnson recognize the need for well-qualified personnel and, to further support efforts to recruit future technicians, ACDelco will award - in addition to racing trips, prizes, and the grand prize: a 2007 Cobalt SS complete with Genuine Chevrolet Accessories - a $2,500 scholarship each time Johnson wins a race from March 15 - October 28, 2007.

Each “Drive to Win” scholarship will be awarded to a technician employed at an ACDelco account. For detailed information, and a scholarship application, visit and click on the “Total Service Support” tab. These “Drive to Win” scholarships are in addition to the five nationwide technician scholarships ACDelco awards through the ACDelco Educational Scholarship Program and will be selected from the same application pool.

ACDelco markets quality parts for Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, GM and most vehicles on the road today. To find an ACDelco parts retailer near you, log on to or call 1-800-ACDelco.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 280,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries. In 2006, nearly 9.1 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on GM can be found at

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