AED Adds Workforce Partners - Groundwork
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AED Adds Workforce Partners

CED Magazine, September 2008

Article Date: 09-01-2008
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The Foundation now has 20 schools across the country that are accredited.

The AED Foundation recently accredited Dakota County Technical College, Rosemont, Minn., raising the total number of AED-accredited colleges across the nation to 20. To qualify for accreditation, post-secondary diesel and heavy equipment technology programs meet rigorous curriculum standards created by an AED technical committee comprised of dealer, manufacturer and academic experts.
“Working with dealers in our community and with The AED Foundation to reach these technical goals has been a rewarding process,” said Michael Long, instructor for Dakota County’s Heavy Construction Equipment Technology program. “Going forward, with the support of dealer companies and the relationships their people are forming with our students, we anticipate that our graduates will be very prepared to make immediate contributions to this industry as skilled equipment technicians.”
In addition, the Foundation also acknowledged Central Lakes College as the first AED Recognized Education Alliance school. The status was conferred by the North Dakota AED local group dealers who have established a working relationship with the school. A pilot initiative launched this year, the Alliance program was introduced as a means to recognize colleges with whom nearby dealers have begun to partner.
“We are privileged to be affiliated with these colleges,” said Robert Henderson, executive director of the AED Foundation. “We’re grateful to Dakota County Technical College for the commitment to excellence and high standards their faculty and administrators have demonstrated to achieve AED accreditation. It’s also our pleasure to welcome Central Lakes College as our first AED Alliance school – we appreciate their partnership with local AED dealers to build a strong workforce development group in their community.”
Through a strategic program called “Vision 2012,” the Foundation is on course to further its community-based, school-to-work program through partnerships with dozens of post-secondary heavy diesel/technical schools across the country – by the year 2012 they intend to see about 1,200 ready-to-work graduates per year launching into technical careers at dealer service departments.
 Join top financial experts from the equipment distribution industry along with an exclusive group of financial executives for AED’s CFO/CEO Conference: Financial Issues for Distribution CFOs and CEOs, Sept. 22 to 23, sponsored by and located at BDO Seidman in Chicago.Back by Popular Demand This conference features a blend of seminars and workshops, emphasizing hands-on learning, group discussion, and Q&A forums. The agenda includes:
  • Eli Lustgarten, Longbow Research
    An Update on the Current State of the Economy and the Industry through ‘08 and into ‘09
  • Steve Pierson, Selden Fox LTD Tax Information and Update Workshop
  • Rex Collins, Somerset CPAs Fraud in the Dealer Environment
  • Garry Bartecki, BDO Seidman and Rex Collins, Somerset CPAs Reducing the Break-Even Point in a Down Economy Workshop
  • Helen Clary, Alper Services Managing Health Care Costs
  • Howard Blumstein, BDO Seidman The 2008 Accounting Update Forum
  • Rental and the Dealer Environment
  • Leigh Condon, SFI International Strategic Feedback - How to Use it to Improve Profitability 
Registration is still available online at  or call 800-388-0650.  
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