(West Point, GA.) April 6, 2016 – Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) will be providing $12,600 in scholarships for students who plan to enroll at West Georgia Technical College (WGTC) after completing their coursework at THINC College and Career Academy.
The scholarships will be provided in increments of around $500 (KMMG Scholarship based on financial need), and $2,000 (KMMG Merit Scholarship). The KMMG Merit Scholarship will be the first-ever merit based scholarship offered by WGTC. For each award, students should demonstrate characteristics consistent with the Kia Way such as self-responsibility and a can-do mindset. Successful candidates should also demonstrate leadership qualities which are measured within THINC’s soft skills rubric and are calculated as a percentage of student’s overall grade.
“KMMG is a learning organization and these scholarships will make an impact on this region’s available workforce of tomorrow,” said KMMG Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jackson. “We have invested a great deal into the THINC College and Career Academy and these scholarships will allow students to continue to build on their education and prepare for a successful career.”
THINC is located at WGTC in LaGrange and Steve Daniel, WGTC’s president, shares his appreciation for this educational partnership that allows students to transition to college in a familiar environment.
“We are very appreciative of KMMG’s commitment and support of our technology programs at the College,” said Daniel. “These scholarships will be tremendously beneficial to our students and will allow for a seamless transition as they prepare for future careers that are in high demand.”
Dr. Kathy Carlisle, THINC’s CEO, thanked KMMG for its dedication and support for students in this region.
“As we anticipate our first graduation class at THINC, we deeply appreciate KMMG’s leadership and commitment to our students and know these scholarships will pave the way for a brighter future,” said Carlisle.
Caption (KMMG Scholarship): Shown, KMMG Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jackson presents new scholarship funding to West Georgia Technical College President Steve Daniel and Troup County Schools Superintendent Cole Pugh.
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 360,000 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 Sorento CUV and the Optima mid-size sedan, two of the brand’s top selling models in the U.S.