WSCC Announces Generous Donations to Auto Diesel Program
Hino Motors Manufacturing USA, Inc., Fyda Freightliner, Inc., and Cummins Bridgeway, LLC Are Recognized
Washington State Community College (WSCC) announces the donation of diesel engines, truck parts, and a truck to classrooms. "The college is very grateful for these generous contributions from Cummins Bridgeway, Fyda Freightliner, and Hino Motors," comments WSCC President Dr. Bradley Ebersole. "With this valuable equipment, we are able to continue providing the best training of auto and diesel mechanics, who I hope will one day be productive workers for these renowned organizations. These are outstanding partnerships for Washington State."
Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. John Tigue emphasized the increasing necessity of such donations, stating "As funding to higher education has decreased over the years, the college depends evermore on gifts from generous donors." He continues expressing his gratitude to the donors, saying "Washington State graciously thanks the representatives from Cummins Bridgeway, Hino Motors, and Fyda Freightliner for their support of our students."
Brenda Kornmiller, Dean of Business, Engineering & Industrial Technology and Workforce Development, echoes the sentiments of Drs. Ebersole and Tigue. "Our Automotive Services and Diesel Truck Systems programs are most fortunate to have built strong relationships with our community and beyond," says Kornmiller. "All three businesses—Cummins Bridgeway, Hino Motors, and Fyda Freightliner— have been very supportive to our programs." Kornmiller also looks forward to future partnership with the donors. "We hope to continue to work with these companies, as their donations bring us newer equipment which benefits our programs and ultimately our students," she says.
Bill Kolibaba, Trainer/Recruiter with FYDA Freightliner, cites the well-preparedness of WSCC graduates as a major motivation for their partnership with the college— including this year's donation of a new 2007 Mercedes diesel engine. "Fyda Freightliner has partnered with WSCC for over 15 years," he says. "We have experienced first-hand the quality of student graduating from WSCC, and are fortunate to currently have several WSCC graduates in our employ."
Service Trainer Bill Dowd of Cummins Bridgeway also highlighted the success of partnerships with schools like WSCC. "Cummins Bridgeway is very much involved in the future generations of employees for our industry," says Dowd. "WSCC is one of those Institutions that's not just interested in filling seats with warm bodies," he continues. "They are providing quality entry-level technicians, not only for our 17 locations, but also for the 242 Cummins dealers in our territory."
The North American President of Hino Motors, Hank Omata, expresses the importance of supporting opportunities like those provided by WSCC's Auto Diesel Department. "There are many great educational institutions in the Mid-Ohio Valley area that are preparing young adults for careers in manufacturing, and Hino is honored to play a small role in furthering educational opportunities by donating various trucks and related parts to some of these schools," says Omata.