Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On January 17, 2024, the University of Montana announced that the Missoula College Diesel Technology Program recently was awarded a grant to expand access to critical training tools and essential equipment. 

"We are thrilled to receive this grant to expand opportunity for our students,” said Tom Gallagher, dean of Missoula College. 

According to John Freer, Missoula College director of trades education, the $10,000 award provided by Modern Machinery and The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation will directly support the students enrolled in the Diesel Technology Program at Missoula College’s West Campus. 

"This investment aligns with our shared vision of a holistic education in all facets of diesel technology and directly benefits students,” said Freer. “The funding will help provide tools and equipment students need to develop practical skills, stay current with industry trends and graduate as well-rounded professionals ready to contribute to the workforce." 

Freer said this grant is the latest example of a growing partnership between industry leaders and the workforce training programs provided by Missoula College. 

“The grant underscores the success of the college’s partnership with Modern Machinery, a leading distributor of construction and mining equipment, in building the technical workforce needed in the region, as well as The Washington Foundation’s commitment to enhancing educational resources and fostering skill development within the industry,” Freer said. 

More than two dozen students are enrolled in the Diesel Technology Program at Missoula College, which concentrates on the heavy truck and construction industries and all major manufacturers are introduced in both the classroom and in lab settings. 

Students take classes in welding, machining, computers, communications, and math. Missoula College’s diesel equipment technology program is highly regarded by Montana employers and Freer said their graduates are prepared to excel as diesel specialists in any environment.

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