Georgia Piedmont receives Significant Gift from Honda

8/7/2013, 11:09 a.m.
Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, faculty and students thank American Honda Motor Company for their generous donation ...
(Photo by Georgia Piedmont Technical College).

“This contribution from American Honda Motor Company is a tremendous gift that affords our students in the Motorcycle Service Technology program an exceptional development of skills and knowledge that’s crucial to their success in the motorcycle repair industry,” stated Dr. Simama. “These kinds of donations are critical to our ability to endow our students with the caliber of training and skills necessary to sustain a productive workforce now and in the future. We cannot thank American Honda enough for selecting Georgia Piedmont as the benefactor of their generosity.”

Recognizing the value and necessity of developing a technically-skilled workforce to maintain its products, American Honda has been a long-time supporter of Georgia Piedmont.

Prior to this gift, Honda and other motorcycle manufacturers have given Georgia Piedmont bikes and curriculum materials. This is the first time, however, that the college has received a large number of the same kind of bike at one time. “This is great!” states Mike Sachs, head of the college’s program. “Being able to write some lessons around these bikes, with all the students doing the same thing at the same time is going to be a treat, especially for my beginning students.” Mr. Sachs says his students will first perform maintenance and repairs on the bikes and then completely disassemble them and use the bike’s components for overhaul training.

Collectively valued at more than $6,000, the motorcycles arrived on Georgia Piedmont’s Clarkston campus earlier this summer. The bikes are CB125T’s; a model of bike never sold in the United States and was previously used at Honda sponsored rider training programs. Because the bikes are being retired and replaced with a more current model, students have a unique opportunity to compare the technological and mechanical differences found in domestic and international models of the company’s products, identify modifications between former and current models as well as study variances between retail and non-retail, training bikes.

Georgia Piedmont’s Motorcycle Service Technology Program is a one year sequence of classes that prepares students for positions in the motorcycle repair industry. The program emphasizes a combination of mechanical theory and practical experience. It includes classes in basic skills, maintenance, engines, chassis systems, electrical systems, fuel systems, as well as an internship experience.