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GENERAL MOTORS FULFILLS $1.5 MILLION COMMITMENT TO UC BERKELEY

 BERKELEY, Calif., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- In ceremonies today at the University of California at Berkeley, General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM) presented the final installment of a 10-year commitment totaling more than $1.5 million to the institution's College of Engineering.
 Among projects sponsored by the automaker, GM's gifts to the College of Engineering have benefited student internship programs, interdisciplinary studies and initiatives to recruit and retain top minority and female engineering students.
 "Based on UC Berkeley's tradition of academic excellence and the outstanding credentials of its faculty, we are pleased to present the final installment of $100,000," said Betty R. Anderson, director of GM's Education Relations, who presented a GM Foundation check to Berkeley Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien. Joining Anderson in the ceremony were executives from the automaker's GM Hughes Electronics subsidiary.
 Over the past decade, GM grants have helped fund innovative initiatives such as Berkeley's Minority Engineering Program and its Cooperative Education Program.
 "In terms of recruiting and retaining top minority engineering talent, UC Berkeley has done a truly outstanding job," said Anderson, citing the fact that student participants in the school's acclaimed academic "boot camps" have a retention rate higher than the ratio for Berkeley students overall.
 "At a time when most were satisfied with a 20th-century education, General Motors was looking into the 21st, giving us funds for a head start in preparing Berkeley students to deliver the technology the U.S. will need," said Tien, a mechanical engineer by training.
 "Wherever I go, I urge educators to give students real-life work experiences, to show them how engineering solutions come out of interdisciplinary collaboration, and to support talented women and minority students who will help our country's pool of engineers grow," Tien added. "GM's gifts gave us start-up and operational funds to do these things at Berkeley."
 GM currently employs 100 UC Berkeley graduates, manyo?f whom work in a variety of key positions within the company. In the UC Berkeley tradition, these individuals are making significant contributions to GM as well as the communities in which they live, said a GM spokesperson.
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