Auto student heads to South Korea
for Kia Motors training camp
By: Kristi Spurgeon
A Walla Walla College student will spend two weeks in South Korea this summer, learning about the Korean automotive industry.
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Eric Anderson, a senior automotive technology and business major, will be part of the first Kia Motors Advocate Training Camp. It is designed to allow students from around the world to learn about Kia Motors while experiencing the Korean culture.
Camp runs July 11-15, and includes tours of major Kia facilities, including corporate headquarters in Seoul, the company's production center in Hwasung, a research and development center, and the Chon-An training center. The camp also includes tours of the Korean culture.
Kia covers the cost of the trip, including lodging and meals. The camp is open to students under 25 who are attending a four-year university while working toward a degree in automotive related degree. Andersion is one of two applicants accepted from the United States. There are 32 participants total.
KIA Motors was founded in 1944 and originally made bicycle parts by hand. The company produced Korea's first motorcycle in 1961, and first truck in 1962. The company produced KIA's first gasoline engine in 1973, and its first passenger car in 1974.