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Five Star International donates truck to college diesel program

Five Star International recently donated a 2016 International Pro Star over-the-road truck to Pennsylvania College of Technology, a much-appreciated addition to the fleet of real-world equipment at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood.

“This truck will help enhance our curriculum for diesel technology students,” said John D. Motto, instructor of diesel equipment technology. “We are excited to bring this level of emission technology to the lab and learning.”

Standing alongside a Five Star International truck delivered during the fall semester to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s diesel technology program are (from left) John Motto, instructor of diesel equipment technology at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center;  and – representing the donor – Tyler White, shop foreman, a 2011 diesel technology graduate of Penn College; Gordon Cohick, service manager, who earned a degree in diesel mechanics from Williamsport Area Community College in 1977; and Barbara Stimmel, parts manager.
Standing alongside a Five Star International truck delivered during the fall semester to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s diesel technology program are (from left) John Motto, instructor of diesel equipment technology at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center; and – representing the donor – Tyler White, shop foreman, a 2011 diesel technology graduate of Penn College; Gordon Cohick, service manager, who earned a degree in diesel mechanics from Williamsport Area Community College in 1977; and Barbara Stimmel, parts manager.

Penn College’s partnership with Five Star International qualifies students to take the same online training certification tests as technicians in the field, he explained, which allows graduates to come out more prepared by having a product-specific training and warranty certificate.

“We plan to use this truck heavily across our curriculum – from front-end alignment, to air conditioning, to electronic sensor diagnostics and emissions,” Motto said. “This truck will allow us to simulate real-life problems that the students will be able to troubleshoot and repair.”

Shop foreman Tyler White, a 2011 Penn College alumnus in diesel technology and a participant in campus Diesel Technology Advisory Committee meetings, has been crucial with keeping faculty and students up-to-date with the Five Star International product line.

A corporate partner's shining logo reflects the natural greenery surrounding the ESC.
A corporate partner’s shining logo reflects the natural greenery surrounding the ESC.

“We thank Five Star International for helping Penn College diesel technology students experience this technology,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations. “We appreciate this corporate partnership and are pleased to have students not only learning on this technology and gaining more familiarity with the Five Star International brand, but also to further showcase employers who recruit these students into essential careers.”

White gives a group of diesel students an inside look at their latest instructional tool.
White gives a group of diesel students an inside look at their latest instructional tool.

“Five Star International is pleased to provide this donation to Penn College,” said Fred Scheler, president and managing member of Five Star International. “The college produces highly skilled technicians that we need for our company and our industry. Giving them the opportunity to enhance those skills serves not only the students, but the Five Star International dealerships throughout Pennsylvania.”

Through its School of Engineering Technologies, the college offers associate degrees in diesel technology, electric power generation technology: diesel emphasis, and heavy construction equipment technology (with technician and Caterpillar equipment emphases), and a certificate in diesel truck maintenance technician. Those majors can also be a pathway to a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology management.

For more about the college, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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