(Left to Right) Corinne Hodges, Senior Manager, Public Relations, KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia; Stuart Countess, Chief Administrative Officer, KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia; Anne Kaiser, Chairman, State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia; Matt Arthur, Commissioner, Technical College System of Georgia.

KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) recently donated $45,000 to The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Foundation. A portion of the funds will directly impact student retention and graduation rates in support of The Gretchen K. Corbin Last Mile Fund. The Fund provides needs-based assistance to students at all 22 TCSG colleges. In spring 2017, the TCSG Foundation awarded more than $22,000 in student aid as a result of the Fund.

“We are fortunate to have the support of partners like KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia. I consider KMMG a part of the TCSG family because they have, time and time again, proven their dedication and commitment to this System and its students,” said TCSG Commissioner Matt Arthur. “This transformative gift to the TCSG Foundation will help us to better respond to Governor Deal’s call-to-action to provide talented individuals for Georgia’s workforce.”

“Students of the Technical College System of Georgia are tremendously worthy of our investment,” said Stuart C. Countess, Chief Administrative Officer for KMMG. “We have seen first-hand the impact that technical education has on the lives of students; and the benefits that these advanced skills bring to industries like ours is priceless.”

In addition to contributing to the Last Mile Fund, a portion of the donation supports the Georgia Occupational Award for Leadership (GOAL) program. GOAL celebrated its 47th year last week and named Crystal Wright, an interdisciplinary studies student at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, as the technical education student of the year. Ms. Wright received the grand prize of a new, manufactured-in-Georgia 2018 KIA Optima, courtesy of KMMG.

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. KMMG is located on 2,200 acres in West Point, Ga., and began mass production on Nov. 16, 2009. KMMG is home to the Sorento SUV and the Optima mid-size sedan, two of the brand’s top selling models in the U.S. 

Information from Technical College System of Georgia.

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