Who knows? Perhaps one of the college students who recently took part in a unique learning experience at the Corvette Assembly Plant will come back one day and help General Motors design its C8 or C9 Corvette.
The aspiring engineers – members of the National Society of Black Engineers – belong to three chapters of NSBE at University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, and University of Pittsburgh.
They were selected to participate in the GM-NSBE Chevrolet Corvette Experience Tour which offered them a first-hand look at what a career in engineering can lead to.
“I liked seeing the plant and seeing how everyone worked together,” participant Sierra Ellis of UTK said afterwards.
University of Illinois student Matthew Duncan said he liked seeing the final product at the end of the line “and being able to learn more about engineer’s work from the GM employees.”
Of course, one of the highlights of the experience came when they were actually able to try their hand at some of the ways used to assemble the Stingray. Then they even got to drive one of Chevy’s C7 Corvettes on a closed track.
What a field trip, huh?
But the student engineers weren’t the only winners in the experience.
“From a corporate perspective, this program continues to represent GM’s commitment to the development of NSBE students and the enhancement of our partnership with NSBE,” said Arvin Jones, Manufacturing Manager, Vehicle Manufacturing. “We’re giving the students opportunities to learn about our industry and its workforce, and to utilize that learning in their career development.”
It wouldn’t be far-fetched to think that one of the students could one day return to GM and help design future vehicles. After all, they’re among the best and brightest with cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or higher, and their majors are in engineering disciplines needed by the auto industry.
To that end, the GM-NSBE Recruiting Team selected students for the tour from three university chapters based on execution of programming in academic excellence, pre-collegiate initiative, community outreach, and professional development and membership retention.
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