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Diesel Students Afforded Instructive Look at Hybrid Coca-Cola Truck


Inspecting a hybrid Coca-Cola truck are, clockwise from lower left, diesel technology students Jeremy R. Bell, McClure%3B Timothy E. Funk, Paradise%3B Mark S. Renninger, Barto%3B and Christopher J. Steindl, Kennett Square.Diesel majors in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Natural Resources Management recently were given a close-up look at a hybrid vehicle, courtesy of the Coca-Cola Co. and an alumnus of the college’s predecessor institution.

A touch of 'green' is added to Coca-Cola's trademark red and white.A Coca-Cola 2008 International 4300 series truck equipped with a hybrid-electric and automated drivetrain system was brought to the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center from the Bronx, N.Y., during a March 11 Career Fair and remained at the Allenwood area campus for the rest of that week.

The visit was arranged by Brett A. Reasner, assistant dean of natural resources management, and James D. Onufrak, fleet supervisor for Coca-Cola and a 1982 diesel mechanics graduate of Williamsport Area Community College.

“Coca Cola’s generous loan of this vehicle has allowed our students and faculty the opportunity to interact with the industry’s cutting-edge technology,” Reasner said. “It also highlights Coke’s commitment to being good stewards of the environment.” After two years of testing hybrid vehicles in its bottling enterprise, Coca-Cola reported in 2006 that it experienced a marked reduction in emissions and a 32-percent improvement in fuel economy.

Gathering with the hybrid truck outside the Schneebeli Earth Science Center are, rom left, Mark E. Sones, instructor of diesel equipment technology at Penn College%3B James D. Onufrak, fleet supervisor for Coca-Cola and Williamsport Area Community College graduate%3B Mike Keane, sourcing specialist for Coca-Cola Enterprises in Albany, N.Y.%3B Brett A. Reasner, the college's assistant dean of natural resources management%3B and Rick Reed, also a fleet supervisor.Access to the truck provided diesel students with an up-to-the-minute look at the industry into which they’ll graduate, and Coca-Cola has expressed an interest in contributing to the college’s diesel curriculum in the near future.

The School of Natural Resources Management offers associate degrees in diesel technology and diesel technology: Mack emphasis, as well as a certificate in diesel technician.

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