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Hartnell College's Diesel Mechanic Program Gains Community Support

May 8th, 2003

The new Diesel Mechanic Program at Hartnell College got a shot in the arm recently when Monterey-Salinas Transit donated two buses to the program to help students develop their skills.

"The buses will greatly assist our students in their pursuit of Diesel Mechanic certificates," said Josť Luis FernŠndez, dean of instruction for occupational education. "We are grateful to Monterey-Salinas Transit for their support of our program."

He also said he appreciated recent support and collaborative efforts for the program from Cabrillo College, Monterey Peninsula College, Gavilan College, the Workforce Investment Board of Santa Cruz County, and Career Ladders of Santa Cruz.

"These five entities," said FernŠndez, "have come together in response to a tremendous need by industry for diesel mechanics. The success of our program is dependent upon this kind of support from the community."

In addition, he said, the program has been supported by several local companies and agencies in the form of tools, equipment and technology. They include Granite Construction, Graniterock, Peterbuilt, Quinn Caterpillar, Santa Cruz Metro, and several other trucking and farming companies.

The Diesel Mechanic Program began in the fall and currently enrolls about 25 students per class.