Don Neal, vice president of Caterpillar Inc., has presented a $50,000 check to Owens President Daniel H. Brown to be used for scholarships and equipment in the new program. All of the participating dealerships - Ohio Machinery Co., Holt Equipment Co., Michigan Caterpillar Co. and MacAllister Machinery Co. Inc. - also are contributing a total of $50,000 in cash and equipment. These dealerships have 22 locations throughout the tri-state area.
"We are extremely pleased that Caterpillar recognizes the quality of an Owens Community College graduate and has chosen us to provide them with their technicians," President Brown said. "This new partnership is another example of our College's commitment to meeting the needs of business and industry."
The 10 students chosen to enroll in the new program this fall semester are: Kelly Agner of Milford Center, OH; Josh Brandt of New Philadelphia, OH; Andy Fausnight of Louisville, OH; Chris Hargis of Cincinnati, OH; Chris Kinnan of Cambridge, OH; Matt Mole of Grafton, OH; John Moore of Piketon, OH; Ryan Ruggles of Marlette, MI; Dusty Slagle of Greenford, OH; and Robert Williams of Rossford, OH.
"I entered the Cat program because I like to work on equipment," Agner said. "I thought this would be a fun, challenging experience and I know I'll be well-trained and have a good job on the way."
"What I like about the program is we are able to work during the summer at a Cat dealer," Brandt said. "This will affect my future because after school, I will be guaranteed a very good job."
Through classroom and laboratory experience at Owens Community College and hands-on work experience at Cat dealerships, this partnership will prepare students to keep pace with rapid advancements in the industry. Every year, well-paid and rewarding technician positions at Caterpillar dealerships are left unfilled due to a shortage of qualified applicants.
Caterpillar Inc., headquartered in Peoria, IL, is a $16 billion producer of earth-moving equipment and engines, and dealerships throughout the nation are responsible for designing, manufacturing, distributing and servicing these products. Founded in 1925, Caterpillar Inc. has 187 dealerships worldwide.
"Caterpillar plans to lead a responsive system to meet customer needs. Our drive to generate the best business solutions identifies a highly-skilled workforce as a critical success factor. Cat is committed to supporting business and educational alliances that will provide the high-caliber people the industry demands," said Neal, who oversees 28 dealership territories in the central and plains regions of the United States.
Beginning fall semester 1996, the Owens students enrolled in this program will receive expert instruction in the use of the most modern diagnostic tools and the latest Caterpillar equipment. They also may take a variety of required and elective courses in management, salesmanship, English, math, science and social sciences. Offered through the diesel technician program at the College, students spend a minimum of 20 weeks working at one of the dealerships as employees.
The $50,000 check presented by Neal will go directly to pay the tuition, fees and equipment for these students.
Owens Community College, with campuses in Toledo and Findlay, serves more than 12,000 students each year with 70 career-oriented programs and majors in the areas of agriculture, business, health, public service, and industrial and engineering technologies. In addition, Owens Community College offers the first two years of a bachelor's degree at about half the cost of a four-year college or university.