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Released July 5th 2010

MSCC to Participate in $4.3 Million Grant for Diesel, Hybrid Vehicle Fuel Technology Training


Mid-South Community College will receive nearly $740,000 of a $4.3 million
Department of Labor grant to enhance diesel technology training, and an additional
$200,000 will help create a four-year degree opportunity on the West Memphis campus.
MSCC’s portion of the grant will fund faculty, equipment and supplies to support
a career pathway in Diesel Technology with employable “stop-out” points at high school
graduation, community college credentials (certificates and degree), and a baccalaureate
degree.


The Bachelor of Science degree will be provided in partnership with Montana
State University Northern (MSUN), recognized by industry leaders as one of the nation’s
top diesel programs.


“This grant gives us the resources to dramatically expand our existing diesel
technology program and double the number of workers we can train,” said Dr. Glen
Fenter, MSCC President. “With our proximity to the largest transportation and
distribution center in the region, we will be able to create some phenomenal training and
career opportunities for our students.”
“The awarding of this grant can only be described as another instance of divine
intervention in a region which desperately needs further investment in quality workforce
development programs.”


Students who enroll in and successfully complete the bachelor’s degree program
will have skills to support large-bore diesel engines such as those on river barges, ultralarge
construction/earth moving equipment, locomotives, and ocean-going tankers and
cruise ships.


“With Montana State University Northern on our campus, students will have the
opportunity to train for some really exciting, high-paying careers,” said Dr. Robert
Gunter, Associate Vice President for Workforce Technology.
MSUN places 100 percent of its graduates, with many already committed to a
major employer by their junior year. Companies that have hired MSUN grads include
(among others) General Electric, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Peter Kiewit,
Case/New Holland Tractor & Equipment, John Deere, Fairbanks Gold Mining Inc.,
Detroit Diesel-Interstate Diesel, Cummins Engine Company, and IVECO Engines North
America.


In support of the expanded program, MSCC will break ground soon on the $6
million ADTEC BioDiesel Technology Center on the North Campus. The 31,000-square
foot facility will include a biofuel engine testing facility and fuel and oil analysis
laboratories which will support adoption of biofuels by the transportation industry.
The facility will also support research by regional universities on the impact of
biofuels and biolubricants on engine performance and durability.
As part of its fifth and final round of the Community-Based Job Training Grant
process, the Department of Labor awarded $125 million in grants to 41 community
colleges and organizations. MSCC and ADTEC have participated in three of the five
grant cycles with a total federal investment of more than $8 million. Previous grants
addressed Renewable Energy Technology ($1.98 million) and Allied Health training ($2
million).


U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, who visited the MSCC campus in June
2009, said the latest awards “will create opportunities for working Americans to train for
high-demand occupations with the help of our nationwide community college system.”
“Our goal is to help workers across the country prepare for and secure good jobs,
and with support from these colleges and other critical stakeholders, we'll ensure we
reach a broad base of individuals in need.” ....read entire article (pdf)

 

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