(WACO, Texas) – It is blue, shiny and looms large at Texas State Technical College.
Portland, Oregon-based Daimler Trucks North America LLC recently gave TSTC’s Diesel Equipment Technology program a 2010 Freightliner Coronado SD. The in-kind gift is valued at $40,000.
The diesel truck will be stationary for students to learn about air conditioning, brakes, electrical and other components during hands-on lessons.
“Once they (the students) do something, they tend to remember,” said David Folz, an instructor in TSTC’s Diesel Equipment Technology program in Waco.
The diesel truck was previously a test unit, said Lisa Pulaski, Daimler Trucks North America’s specialty used vehicles operations manager.
“We would test components on it and it had gotten to the end of its life cycle with us,” she said.
The company typically donates its diesel trucks after their usage.
“We donate so diesel technician students can get a hold of actual trucks,” Pulaski said. “We donate to technical colleges to train future diesel technicians.”
Folz said the donation process took about eight months.
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