Kia Donates 2011 Sorento to Atlanta Technical College

Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas gets Kia ‘key to the future’ in ceremony in West Point, Ga

Kia Donates SorentoWest Point, Ga. -- Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College received a Kia “key to the future” during a special event held today at the Kia Georgia Training Center in West Point, Ga., when Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Inc. (KMMG) donated 20 of the all-new Kia Sorentos to the Technical College System of Georgia. The colleges receiving the cars were chosen based on the size of enrollment in their automotive programs.

 “KMMG deeply appreciates the support we continue to receive from the State of Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue, Commissioner Ron Jackson and the entire Technical College System Board of Directors,” said KMMG President and CEO Byung Mo Ahn. “The donation of these vehicles is just one expression of our deep appreciation for all that Georgia’s technical college system has done to support our success.”

“The Technical College System of Georgia has been an important partner for Kia Motors Manufacturing from the very beginning,” said Mr. K.S. Kim, senior vice president of KMMG, during the presentation ceremony. “Many of the technical colleges have provided support for our endeavor, and most especially Georgia Quick Start has been critical to our success, as they have developed and delivered workforce training that is the new global benchmark in our industry of advanced automotive manufacturing.

“The donation of these vehicles is just one expression of our deep appreciation for all that Georgia’s technical college system has done to support our success,” Mr. Kim added. “We consider the keys to these Kia Sorentos to also be the keys to the future for technical college students across the great state of Georgia.”

Kia first announced it was going to build an automotive manufacturing facility in Georgia in 2006. The Kia Georgia Training Center, operated jointly by Kia and Georgia Quick Start, opened its doors in 2008, and since then, KMMG has hired more than 1,700 team members who began producing the best-selling, award-winning Sorento last November.

Commissioner Ron Jackson spoke on behalf of the TCSG at the presentation ceremony. “Students across the state will have the opportunity to experience some of the most sophisticated automotive technology on the market today,” Jackson said. “KMMG’s generous donation will help prepare our graduates with the knowledge and experience to compete in the world of advanced automotive manufacturing.”

Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College remarked, “Atlanta Technical College is pleased to accept this generous donation. Support from community partners such as Kia Motors Manufacturing is critical to the success of our programs. This 2011 Kia Sorento, equipped with the latest automotive technology, will help us prepare our students for lucrative careers in the automotive industry.”

The Industrial and Transportation Technologies Division at the college prepares students for careers in automotive technology and automotive collision repair. Instruction is delivered using theoretical and empirical methodologies. Diplomas are offered in diesel equipment technology, collision repair and automotive technology. Technical certificates of credit are offered in: automotive electrical/electroni systems, automotive suspension and steering technician, diesel electrical and electronics systems technician, automotive manual drive train/axel repair technician, diesel drivability performance specialist, automotive brake technician, automotive heating/air conditioning technician, automotive automatic transmission transaxle technician, body repair assistant, collision major repair assistant, diesel engine service technician and diesel truck maintenance technician. For more information on the Atlanta Technical College automotive technology department, call (404) 225-4504 or visit

Atlanta Technical College welcomes corporate and individual gifts to support student achievement through the Atlanta Technical College Foundation, Inc, a 501c3 organization that exists to provide hardship loans, scholarships and other resources to broaden educational opportunities and programs at the college. The foundation can be reached at (404) 225-4604 or