Gunn Automotive Group awards 20k in tools to automotive students

May 20, 2022

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Four St. Philip’s College automotive students are recipients of the Gunn Automotive Group Tools Scholarship. During a ceremony held on May 20, 2022, Oscar Bernache, Justice Munoz, Ariel Soto, and Sebastian Velasco each received a tool chest containing $5,000 in Sonic professional-grade tools. The eight-drawer chest includes a 29-piece wrench set, 139-piece socket set, screwdriver set, pliers, and chisels. Awardees were selected based on community service, financial need and, classroom and lab performance. 

“Tools are one of the prohibiting factors for entry-level automotive technicians. This award will ensure these four students overcome that obstacle,” said Vice President for Academic Success Randall Dawson.

Gunn Automotive Group has been a continuous partner to the St. Philip’s College automotive program. Since partnering in 2009, over 100 students have received the Tools Scholarship. Gunn Automotive Group Director of Training Tony Ciaravino, who has worked with the company for 35 years, attended the ceremony.

The St. Philip’s College Automotive Technology program provides automotive technician training enriched in current technology and fundamental hands-on skills for individuals seeking an entry-level position or advanced position in the automotive career field. The Automotive Technology Program at St. Philip's College is nationally certified in eight content areas and maintains ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Master Certification status. The program is accredited by the ASE Education Foundation.

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