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Vehicle and Power Center Fulfills a Dream for Linn State Technical College

CED Maganize, November 2010

Article Date: 11-01-2010
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The Sept. 17 grand opening of a new Vehicle and Power Center at Lynn State Technical College, Linn, Mo., marked the fulfillment of a dream and the culmination of years of planning for the AED Accredited Diesel/Equipment Technology program.

Built at a projected cost of $15 million, the 84,000-square-foot Vehicle and Power Center (VPC) will accommodate current and future high demand for advanced technical programs in the transportation, heavy equipment and power industries. The VPC is equipped with state-of-the-art instructional technology and equipment that supports an educational environment necessary to prepare students for profitable employment.

Delivering the keynote address at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Caterpillar CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman stressed the importance of technical programs like those at Linn State, where a Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician program is offered.

"The days of turning a wrench are behind us," said Oberhelman, "and the need for sophisticated technicians is necessary to fix today's equipment. This new facility will be a real draw for Linn State to continue bringing in the right student for our program and others in this building. Linn State is absolutely critical for us to remain competitive."

Glenn Williamson, head Evaluation Team Leader for the AED Technical College Accreditation program, congratulated Department Chair George Stanek on the school's success. "We are proud to be affiliated with such a top-quality diesel/equipment program," he said.

2011 Annual Fund Campaign Supports Distributor Service Organizations

There's no question we have emerged a changed industry as a result of the latest recession. But even as the equipment industry laid off workers, a deteriorating technical workforce remained a nagging reality. The AED Foundation continues to supply workforce development solutions to support distributor service organizations, which will be ramping up to meet demand when markets return and when Tier-4 emissions standards become a way of life.

Watch for your mailed copy of the Annual Report and pledge form, or contact Carol Schrader at 630-468-5113,, to make your commitment.  

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