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German Import’s Taber Donates Equipment to SWGTC Auto Tech Program

In photo (left to right):  Dr. Annie McElroy, SWGTC Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dennis Lee, SWGTC Dean of Academic Affairs, Thomas Graham, SWGTC Automotive Technology Instructor, Dr. Craig Wentworth, SWGTC President, Paul Taber, President German Import Service, and Amy Maison, SWGTC Foundation Executive Director

On Monday, December 9, 2013, Paul Taber, President of German Import Service, donated a Bosch Master Tech Pro to the Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) Automotive Technology Program.

“This piece of equipment is beyond valuable to our Automotive Technology Program.  It was on the top of my ‘wish list’ equipment -wise, and will give our students the opportunity to become familiar with another piece of equipment that they might not have encountered without this donation. We can’t thank Paul enough for his generosity; not only on this specific donation, but also in the 28+ years of being a supportive community partner and consultant to our Program,” commented Thomas Graham, SWGTC Automotive Technology Instructor.

As part of SWGTC Automotive Technology Program’s accreditation through the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), they undergo a re-certification site visit every 5 years. Taber, who has owned and operated German Import Service since 1982, served as a local evaluator for the site visit committee last week. While doing his evaluation, Taber noticed the Program’s need for this piece of equipment.

“I have been a big fan of this program since I started my business in 1982. So, when I noticed that the program needed this particular item, I thought this is a way I can help! I donated it in the interest of higher education. I know this will be something that will truly help the students prepare for their career and introduce them to equipment they would use once in the field,” commented Taber.

The Bosch M-VCI ESItronic 2.0 Shop Foreman (Master Tech) Pro is a diagnostic scan tool which plugs into the vehicle and allows a technician to diagnose programs, upgrade computer software and much more.

Graham added, “This tool will introduce my students to a new concept that we currently don’t have in our diagnostic equipment. This will be our first diagnostic tool that is wireless-based and operated by a laptop computer; therefore, it will help familiarize our students with one more of the technologically advanced tools used in the automotive industry. Because our students coming in are more and more tech-savvy, I think this tool will pique their interest while also training them on a pertinent skill.”

Taber also has a connection to the College through one of his long-term employees.

“In 1985, I hired Edmond Doolittle, then a SWGTC student, who later graduated, and has now been with me for the last 28 years. Doolittle, now my service manager, has been such an asset to my company and a testament to the well-trained graduates that the College produces,” added Taber.

Taber is now a member of the SWGTC Automotive Technology advisory committee, a group of local industry leaders who meet twice a year to help guide and maintain the direction of the Program.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

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Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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