CLC students win tool scholarships
STAPLES — Two Central Lakes College honor students in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology are the recipients of $1,000 tool scholarships from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in partnership with Associated Equipment Distributors (AED).
Joshua Hahn of Park River, N.D., and Dakota Putzke of Sebeka were presented their awards Tuesday at the CLC-Staples Campus Awards Day. The students are among 52 in the nation to share in the 2012 awards, which were awarded to two students at each AED-affiliated technical school.
Mike Rowe is the creator and host of “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel and a spokesman in advertising for such companies as Ford, Caterpillar, CAT Footwear, Master Lock and Kimberly Clark. Through the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, he promotes the training of future employees in professional technical occupations.
Rowe also is helping students receive financial resources they need to pursue these occupations in career areas where there is great employer demand.
AED is a nonprofit, international trade association representing dealerships and rental companies in construction, mining, forestry, power generation, agriculture and industry. AED membership includes equipment manufacturers and industry-service firms.
The Diesel Tech program at CLC is affiliated with AED and was among the first in the nation to be accredited by AED since its creation in 1919, according to Dan Gunderson, instructor, who has been involved with the group since 1995.
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