🚘Angelina College and JM Chevrolet Team Up for Car Giveaway

🚘Students Accumulate Points Throughout the School Year

🚘One Lucky Student Will Win the Car in May 2024

Angelina College recently launched an initiative to help students learn about experiencing all that college life has to offer. Many times it can be a challenge to lure students to certain events or functions.

That's where J.J. Weibe, president and principal dealer of JM Chevrolet stepped in. He and his wife Marcy are regulars at numerous AC events, from athletics to arts and all things in between.

So when he heard about this initiative to help students learn more about experiencing all that Angelina College has to offer, he didn’t hesitate to find a way to add some extra drive to the program...pun intended.

AC’s “Fast Trax to Success” initiative began earlier this year. Students collect points by attending various Angelina College events such as the aforementioned athletics and arts events, but also through events sponsored through various student organizations.

More importantly, students also collect points for visiting – and using – the numerous resources available across the campus: The tutoring center, the writing labs, the library, the public health resource center, the success coaches – all those services in place to help students and their drives to succeed.

Each event or source attended allows students to scan a QR code and accumulate points. Once a student reaches 25,000 points, he or she earns entry into a drawing taking place in May of 2024.

The prize?

As they would say on 'The Price is Right'...A NEW CAR!

The dealership on Tuesday revealed its donation to the contest: A new 2024 Chevrolet Trax SUV – colored Angelina College blue, of course.

In May, one lucky student will be the proud new owner of one sweet new vehicle. Weibe and his staff joined several Angelina College members, including President Dr. Michael Simon, for a brief ceremony on the dealership’s grounds.

The Fast Trax program, with Associate Vice President of Student Services Krista Brown and her staff as the original brainchildren, has gotten off to a quick start. When Brown mentioned her idea to Marcy Weibe, it was immediately on the fast track to husband J.J.’s ear.

“When Krista approached us about it, for me it was about getting the kids involved in college life again, especially after the pandemic,” J.J. Weibe said on Tuesday. “It was almost as if we all went into a hole at the time, and we wanted to get those students out of those holes and fired up about being college students. Going to the games, the events, and seeing their advisors. Just getting back to the normalcy of college."

As a long-time supporter of the college, Weibe said having a community college with so much focus on the community is a “huge asset.”

“I love having Angelina College here,” Weibe said. “To have this right here in our town where students can leave high school and get involved in higher education without having to leave home is such a phenomenal situation for everyone involved.

“For me, I just love attending all the AC events and seeing so many of our local kids continuing there, whether it’s athletics or whatever. I’ve watched so many youngsters over the years go to AC and become young adults doing very well right here in East Texas.”

Brown said the dealership didn’t hesitate in making its offer once the word got out.

“Honestly, it’s pretty remarkable that JM Chevrolet came in with this type of partnership,” Brown said. “I was at a luncheon with Marcy (Weibe) last spring and kind of pitched the idea, so when I met with J.J. and the staff later, he was already onboard. Marcy laid all the groundwork to make this easier.

“But J.J. and the entire staff here at JM have been incredibly supportive in making this happen, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”

Brown added that providing such a prize is yet another way to show students how committed the entire college is to see them fulfill their eventual educational and professional goals.

“The program is not just to engage students with events but with all our services,” Brown said. “Sometimes students just aren’t aware despite our efforts to inform. But the data shows that if students are engaged and using available services, they’re going to be more successful.

“That’s why we created this project, to highlight those opportunities and help them identify important resources. We hope to increase their overall engagement, which in turn helps them form new relationships. All that combines to increase the success rates in their classes.”

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