Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia makes $45,000 donation to support the Technical College System of Georgia Foundation

ATLANTA—Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) recently donated $45,000 to the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Foundation to support students throughout Georgia’s technical colleges. A portion of the funds go directly to the Last Mile Fund to benefit student retention within TCSG.

“With the Last Mile Fund, we can provide much-needed support to students who would otherwise not be able to continue their educational goals due to financial barriers,” said TCSG Commissioner Matt Arthur. “Keeping a student on track to graduate and become gainfully employed is our primary goal at TCSG. We are extremely grateful for our partnership with Kia and their continued investment in our students.”

“Great partners like the Technical College System of Georgia are a big part of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia’s success,” said Stuart C. Countess, Chief Administrative Officer for KMMG. “We have seen first-hand the tremendous impact a technical college education can have on a student’s life, not to mention the advanced skills that student then brings to industries like ours.”

In addition to contributing to the Last Mile Fund, a portion of the donation will support the Georgia Occupational Award for Leadership (GOAL) Program. GOAL celebrates technical college students’ excellence in technical education and outstanding personal achievement. A panel of judges selects one student from each of Georgia’s 22 technical colleges to serve as the statewide ambassador for technical education.

About the TCSG Foundation

The TCSG Foundation exists to support the Technical College System of Georgia through marketing, advocacy and fundraising to benefit college students, programs, and faculty. To learn more about the TCSG Foundation, visit www.tcsgfoundation.org

About KMMG

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) is the first manufacturing site in North America for Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, Korea. With an annual capacity of 340,000 units, KMMG is located on 2,200 acres in West Point, Georgia, and began mass production on Nov. 16, 2009. KMMG is home to the Telluride SUV, Sorento SUV, and the Optima mid-size sedan.

About the Technical College System of Georgia

The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit www.TCSG.edu.

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Contact: Juli Fields, jfields@tcsg.edu, 706-340-9659

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