SCC graduate Levi Vestecka speaks to SCC students during a GM plant tour in Detroit.
SCC students and instructors pose for a group photo during their tour of a General Motors facility in Detroit.
Levi Vestecka, a graduate of Southeast Community College’s
General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program, made a presentation to
SCC’s GM ASEP students during a tour of the Hamtramck Assembly plant in Detroit
Vestecka, who transferred to Pittsburg (Kan.) State
University and received his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Technology in
May, served an internship with GM last year. In June he began working full-time
for GM as a service parts engineer in Michigan.
Vestecka graduated from SCC’s GM ASEP program in September
Mark Christensen, instructor in SCC’s program, said fellow
instructor Jon Kisby and GM ASEP students were able to meet with Vestecka at
the Hamtramck plant, where Chevrolet Volt, Impala and Malibu are built. During
the visit, Vestecka talked to GM ASEP students about his education at PSU and
how the GM ASEP program at SCC prepared him.
“Levi has wonderful ambitions and is not afraid to take the
initiative to do things that need done and to take on leadership roles,”
Christensen said. “I had known for several years that students graduating from
a NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation)-certified two-year
program could transfer to Pittsburg State, and even though I had communicated
this opportunity to numerous students, Levi is the first to have taken this
opportunity. I am proud of him for taking that initiative as well.”
GM ASEP students in their final quarter of their SCC program
embark on a week-long field trip to Detroit, Flint and Saginaw, Mich., areas to
visit and tour numerous General Motors facilities.
“Levi was provided the morning off from his internship
duties with GM to tour with our group and to visit with them about what a
Nebraska kid was doing in Detroit,” Christensen said. “He spoke to our students
about automotive career opportunities through Pittsburg State University.”
Vestecka told SCC students that having graduated from a
NATEF-certified program allowed him to enroll at PSU as a junior status. During
his time at PSU, Vestecka was a Student Ambassador for the university.
“He described some of his experiences with General Motors,
including engine testing in Flint, proving grounds in Milford (Michigan), and
working at the GM Tech Center and GM Service Garage in Warren outside Detroit,”
Christensen said. “Levi really connected with our ASEP students, not only on a
cognitive level, but on a ‘wrench-turning’ level. He drove his own
personal vehicle (a 1999 Firebird/LS1) to the assembly plant. As our students
gathered around Levi’s vehicle, it spoke volumes to our students about the
potential they all possess regarding their future in the automotive industry.”
As current automotive technicians, engineers and brand
quality managers begin to retire, Christensen said a pool of experienced and
qualified people must be trained to fill those positions and keep the industry
“I believe PSU is instrumental in preparing students for
those corporate positions on a foundation of work experience in the automotive
repair field like the GM ASEP program,” Christensen said.
Persons interested in SCC’s GM ASEP program, which is taught
on the Milford Campus, are asked to contact Rick Morphew, program chair, at