The Diesel Technology program at East Arkansas Community College has announced the graduation of the first four students in the program
May 14, 2012
East Arkansas Community College
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Forrest City-The Diesel Technology program at East Arkansas Community College has announced the graduation of the first four students in the program with Certificates of Proficiency.
“We’re excited that all four students have finished their course work,” said Tom Hale, Counselor/Advisor for the Diesel Technology Program. “This marks the completion of a lot of effort on their part and a lot of work and preparations on the part of EACC to get the new Transportation and Technology Center ready and the program up and running. We’re all excited to see this first class graduate and get ready to join the workforce. It’s been a learning experience for all of us, and I’m proud to say that these guys should have no problem finding jobs. One of them plans to continue on and get the Associate of Applied Science degree. The others have already been in touch with prospective employers.”
In July of 2010, EACC was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to begin the Diesel Technology program. The grant comes to EACC through the Arkansas Delta Technical Education Consortium (ADTEC). The Diesel Program at EACC offers students options related to trucking, automotive, and agricultural applications. Students are also trained in modifying engines to run off of biodiesel fuels. The program is housed in the new Transportation and Technology Center (located on Hwy. 1 in Forrest City).
Diesel engines have evolved from being the simplest internal combustion engines made to being the most complex on the road today. With the addition of electronic engine controls and advanced exhaust emission systems, today’s diesel engines require highly skilled technicians for diagnosis and repair.
The program at EACC offers three levels of completion: Certificate of Proficiency, Technical Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science degree in General Technology with a Diesel emphasis. With the demand for highly skilled diesel technicians far exceeding the supply, the completion of this program will help ensure a rewarding career in the diesel technology field. Brett Hartman serves as the instructor for the program.
For more information about the Diesel Technology program, call 870-633-4480 ext. 247 or 248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: William Allred from Wynne, Advisor/Counselor- Tom Hale, Harvey Carlton from Aubrey, Instructor- Brett Hartman, and Kevin Lawson from Palestine, not pictured is Michael Vang.