Training center in diesel mechanics for high school students in construction in Casco | WFRV Local 5

CASCO, Wisconsin (WFRV) – A one-of-a-kind secondary training facility for diesel mechanics comes to life at Casco. The Ahnapee Diesel program aims to keep qualified diesel mechanics here in the state.

Inside the former college of the School District of Luxembourg – Casco, a former cafeteria is redesigned to create space for the Ahnapee Diesel program.

“Basic general maintenance, they will learn the hydraulics, the operation of your front loader,” said Michael Snowberry, director of learning services.

This new program is a partnership between NWTC, the school district and supported by local businesses.

“It’s really about meeting a need in the industry by doing something creative,” said Superintendent Glenn Schlender.

A unique company of its kind in the State open to juniors and seniors.

“This is the very first program in cooperation with a technical college, where children can obtain a technical diploma in diesel shop mechanics, as well as their high school diploma,” Schlender said.

About 20 businesses in the area that depend on local transportation have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the effort, such as Kinnard Farms.

“Partnering with an opportunity like this really makes good sense,” said Lee Kinnard, President of Kinnard Farms.

Snowberry says companies know that NWTC instructors will develop qualified diesel mechanics, who, while learning, could also spend time in their own business as a paid apprentice for young people.

“We have 23 students interested in the program this coming fall. We will try to place a student in each company each year. They already have a student next year. We will provide them with another student, ”Snowberry said.

Trained students who Kinnard hopes will stay in the region, instead of leaving the state.

“Kinnard Farms truly believes that the best investment we can make is in the youth of our community,” Kinnard said.

And so it is with the school district – preparing students for the world to come.

“It’s all about career preparation for kids,” Schlender said.

The school district also recently opened a similar program for auto mechanics called Ahnapee Automotive.

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