There’s one local college that is topping national rankings for the number of students taking online courses.
In 2016, Western Technical College created a strategic partnership with Daimler Trucks North America and incorporated Daimler’s “Get Ahead Program” into the student curriculum.
Jerry Soria, an instructor for diesel at Western Tech, told KTSM the program is an in depth training and once students get hired the job pays more than the average technician in the diesel industry.
The demand for qualified technicians in the industry is increasing every day since some technicians are reaching their retirement age.
Soria said the dealerships are looking to hire Western Tech students, “especially right now in the diesel industry, we need mechanics and we need technicians to actually go out there and be fixing these trucks so they can continue staying up in the road.”
Western Tech has more reasons to celebrate! A partnership with Penske gives students many opportunities.
“The Penske Classroom” is the college’s newest addition that helps and gives students a learning environment on a day to day basis with class presentations, mock interviews, and career events.
Rachel Eckman, Internship Coordinator at Western Tech, said, “the students who take classes in the Penske classroom learn everything associated with their diesel program. So the classroom is not designated for a certain purpose it is a regular functioning normally used classroom.”
These partnerships offer advanced career job opportunities for those Western Tech graduates who will be ready to work and fill those highly specialized jobs.