Spande says he was glad to spend some time on Friday at his alma mater, the University of Northern Iowa, “paying it forward” by sharing his knowledge with the next generation of students in his field.
Spande spoke at UNI’s Industrial Technology Center, where more than 50 students, Corvette club members, and professors turned out for an annual program that brings successful alumni back to campus.
A 1991 graduate of UNI where he earned an industrial technology degree, Spande got a job at General Motors that year and worked his way up to become Corvette plant manager in September 2015.
During his visit to UNI, Spande made presentations to several classes and toured the Industrial Technology Center and the TechWorks facility in Waterloo. He also watched a metal casting demonstration by students, according to senior Kyle Brammann, who helped organize the day’s schedule.
Spande admitted the day was “great fun for me,” adding “I am at a point in my career where one of the most rewarding things you can do is help a young person.”
During his presentations, Spande told the audience about the assembly plant, where some 1,000 people are employed and assembled approximately 40,000 Corvettes during the past year. He also talked about the performance of the Corvettes assembled there and fielded questions from the crowd.
Local Corvette clubs were invited and the parking lot featured members cars from clubs in Cedar Falls, Dubuque and Cedar Rapids.
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