Rantilla earns top honor

Aug 1, 2003

General Motors honored Richard R. Rantilla, adjunct faculty at Kettering University in Flint, Mich., with the General Motors Outstanding Distance Learning Award Wednesday, July 30 at the university.

General Motors honored Richard R. Rantilla, adjunct faculty at Kettering University in Flint, Mich., with the General Motors Outstanding Distance Learning Award Wednesday, July 30 at the university. Created in 1995, the award recognizes superior instruction, effective learning application and a conscious bias toward student empathy within distance learning through the GM Technical Education Program (TEP). It is GM's top teaching award for distance learning worldwide.

Finalists for the award are nominated by the GM student body from more than 230 annual course offerings through institutions such as Purdue, Stanford, Carnegie Melon and the University of Michigan. Rantilla was nominated for his outstanding performance in the instruction of MFGO 637 - Quality Systems Planning and Implementation, offered to TEP students at 12 sites throughout North America through videotape delay and internet communications.

Joe Spielman, vice president and general manager of GM Vehicle Manufacturing, North America, congratulated Rantilla in writing. "Your personal enthusiasm, combined with your professional knowledge and ability, are key enablers that serve to enhance the knowledge base of some of our most talented employees," Spielman wrote. In addition to the award, Rantilla received a $5,000 check from GM.