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GM EXPANDS TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

 GM EXPANDS TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
 WARREN, Mich., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors (NYSE: GM)


announced today that it has signed a Letter of Understanding with Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology (RIT) and Oakland (Mich.) Community College that begins a unique undergraduate degree program for GM technicians and adds yet another facet to GM's award-winning, on-site Technical Education Program.
 The new degree program gives GM technicians the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electromechanical Technology from Oakland Community College. They have the option to graduate with the two-year degree or transfer into the Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Technology program from RIT without loss of any credit. The two-plus-two arrangement involving different schools is rare in education.
 "We're very pleased with the cooperation we've received from both institutions in designing this program," said Edward R. Alef, dean of GM's Technical Education Program. "It's encouraging to see the educational community so eager to cooperate with us to keep our work force trained to compete in today's marketplace."
 The Technical Education Program began at GM's Advanced Engineering Staff in 1984. It has since grown to offer course work from more than 50 colleges and universities in the U.S., including degree programs from five universities. The program has spread to operations throughout the corporation. There are currently 5,000 employes enrolled in classes, half of whom are involved in specific degree programs.
 "It's imperative for our technical people to stay up to date in their respective disciplines," said Alef.
 GM engineers and technicians work with their supervisors to design a course of study applicable to their job assignments. Nearly all courses are taught on-site at GM, and employes are able to continue their current jobs while attending classes. The GM students work six-and-a- half hours and attend classes for three hours -- only half of which is on their own time. GM pays for students' tuition and books.
 "One of the universities did an independent study that shows our employes' productivity actually rises while they're enrolled in the program, even though their workdays are shorter," said Alef.
 Courses are taught either by visiting professors or by teaching assistants using videotaped lectures. GM employes take the same tests as their counterparts on campuses around the country.
 "It's good business for GM to keep employes on the job while they continue their education," said Alef. "We make the program as attractive and convenient as possible so they can concentrate on their jobs -- and their books."
 Current Degree Programs Available:
 Ph.D. - Engineering The University of Michigan
 Master's Degree - Engineering Purdue University
 Master's Degree - Engineering Science Rensselaer Polytechnic
 Management of Technology Institute -- New York
 Bachelor's Degree - Engineering Michigan Technological
 University
 Bachelor's Degree - Rochester Institute of
 Engineering Technology New York
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 /CONTACT: Dave Sloan of GM News Relations, 313-986-5721/
 (GM) CO: General Motors ST: Michigan, New York IN: AUT SU:


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