Canyons Technical Education Center Program Earns Recognition by The AED Foundation

Congratulations to faculty and staff at Canyons Technical Education Center, Sandy, Utah, on achieving AED Foundation Recognition of the Heavy Duty Mechanics/Diesel Program. This is the second high school in the nation to be recognized by The AED Foundation. The Center is a part of the Canyons School District in Sandy, Utah. The Foundation appreciates the time, commitment and resources invested to educate students interested in careers in diesel equipment technology.

Mr. Ken Spurlock is principal at the Center, Ms. Janet Goble is CTE director, and Mr. Gary Snow is the program instructor. The sponsoring college program for this Recognition is The AED Foundation Accredited Diesel Systems Technology Program at Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah, with Mr. Bill Kleman, assistant professor, serving as The AED Foundation liaison with the high school. 

 Mr. Kleman noted, “The Salt Lake Community College Diesel Program has had a long-standing relationship with the Canyons Technical Education Center.  SLCC offers an eight-credit-hour concurrent enrollment program to those students who pass CTE’s diesel program. We have a number of their students that continue on to the SLCC diesel program and then on to a great career as a diesel technician.”

Secondary or high school technical programs become AED Foundation Recognized by meeting technical standards that (a) are locally developed and mutually agreed to by the secondary school, the local sponsoring AED Foundation-accredited college program, and industry stakeholders, (b) are derived from and are a subset of AED Foundation national technical college standards, and (c) provide a rational and seamless progression from secondary to college technical education. Goble commented on the value of AED Foundation Recognition to the Heavy Duty Mechanics/Diesel Program: “We are thrilled that our district’s diesel program has received The AED Foundation Recognition.  Not only does it validate a terrific program, it also acknowledges the hard work of our instructor, Gary Snow, in making the coursework valuable for students.”

Added Snow, “I am excited about this wonderful opportunity that being associated with AED brings to our program and our district. It truly allows us to better prepare our students for their future and their continuing education through Salt Lake Community College.  And it helps to show our commitment to the Utah Diesel Technician Pathway (UDTP) that has been so wonderful to us here at Canyons School District! We want to thank everyone for helping us achieve this exciting new development for our program and look forward to our new partner as we continue to strive to develop our CTEC students to be productive, responsible, engaged, professional, and successful students!”  

The AED Foundation is proud of its affiliation with this outstanding Heavy Duty Mechanics/Diesel Program at Canyons Technical Education Center and with many other Foundation-affiliated career and technical schools. If you are wondering where your next generation of qualified equipment technicians will come from, and are interested in working with your local technical college or high school, contact Steve Johnson at The AED Foundation for more information.

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