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Bell & Bell Buick GMC Trucks supports Automotive Technology Program

HGTC Foundation Receives $20,000 from Bell & Bell Buick GMC Trucks

Bell & Bell Buick GMC Trucks supports Automotive Technology Program.

(Conway, SC) 04/19/2023
two professors standing in front of new equipment

Tammy Bell-Floyd (far left), Executive Manager for Bell & Bell Buick GMC Trucks, presents $20,000 check to Martha Lewis (left center), HGTC Foundation Board of Directors-Secretary; Brandon Haselden (right center), HGTC Assistant Vice President for Academic and Workforce Development-Dean; and Shannon Detzler (far right), HGTC Foundation President & CEO.

Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) is pleased to announce the HGTC Foundation recently received a $20,000 donation from Bell & Bell Buick GMC Trucks in Little River for the Automotive Technology program. The donation will assist with program needs, books, equipment, and scholarships.

“The HGTC Foundation is extremely grateful for partners like Bell & Bell Buick GMC Trucks in Little River. This donation exemplifies their commitment to investing in the communities they serve. The funds will go directly to enhancing our new Automotive Technology program and providing more skilled and qualified workers in our area workforce,” said Shannon Detzler, HGTC Foundation president & CEO.

“Bell & Bell is proud to support HGTC and especially the new Automotive Technology program. This is a great need for our community, and we are excited to be part of this program,” said Tammy Bell-Floyd, Executive Manager at Bell & Bell Buick GMC Trucks.

Classes began for the new Automotive Technology Program on the HGTC Conway Campus in February 2023.

“Automotive technician jobs are in high demand right now. HGTC aims to provide students with the highest quality of classroom and hands-on education while also emphasizing the importance of safety and professionalism which will prepare the student to enter the workforce,” said Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, HGTC President.

Within the first semester of the HGTC Automotive Technology program students learn about hydro-boost power brakes and vacuum power brakes as well as master cylinders and caliper rebuilding, the basic study of the diagnostic procedures used to locate and repair internal engine malfunctions, the fundamentals of steering, suspension and alignment and includes inspection, diagnostics, maintenance and repair of systems and common welding and techniques/equipment used currently in trades and industry.

“HGTC has been working with industry leaders for quite some time to perform a needs assessment and develop the curriculum. If you are passionate about cars, take your first step toward a career as an automotive technician,” said Jeff Ball, HGTC Chair for Academic and Workforce Development.

Classes include:

  • Automotive Braking System
  • Automotive Engine Repair
  • Auto Steering/Suspension/Align
  • Welding (Automotive Technology)

* Classes are subject to updates and changes due to industry/employer needs.

Please contact Workforce Development at wdinfo@hgtc.edu for more information as entry into the program is limited. Scholarships Available!

The purpose of the HGTC Foundation is to raise funds to support the programs, services and activities of HGTC, its students and employees, and to create and cultivate positive relationships between the College and the community.

The HGTC Foundation invites the community to become involved as the College continues to foster its reputation as a high-quality learning and teaching institution with a student-centered environment. The community can enhance this vision with financial support for scholarships, programs, facilities, or other needs; donation of equipment or technology; mentoring students; providing internships; and service on various academic or foundation advisory boards.