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NC Machinery donates to college’s diesel program
Posted: 6/10/2011

Centralia College Foundation President Vicki Pogorelc, left, and Dr. Jim Walton, college president, accept a check from Don Linn, center, vice president, Product Support for NC Machinery.Centralia College diesel technology students received a major economic boost when NC Machinery donated $10,000 to the program. An equal amount will be donated by the national Caterpillar Foundation.

Presentation of the first check was made June 1 to Dr. Jim Walton, college president, and Vicki Pogorelc, president of the Centralia College Foundation, by Don Linn, vice president of Product Support for NC Machinery. With Linn was Miles Folks who manages the Chehalis NC Machinery operation. The second $10,000 check is expected soon.

[Photo: Centralia College Foundation President Vicki Pogorelc, left, and Dr. Jim Walton, college president, accept a check from Don Linn, center, vice president, Product Support for NC Machinery. The $10,000 donation will be matched by the national Caterpillar Foundation.]

“We recognize the diesel technology program at Centralia College as an outstanding training ground for students. We know that this money will be used well to further the education of students,” said Linn.

Five thousand dollars will be used for scholarships for diesel students, the remainder will be used to purchase equipment, including computer software, and materials for student use.

“We sincerely appreciate this generous contribution to our diesel program,” said Dr. Jim Walton, college president. “We continue to benefit from our relationship with NC Machinery, an outstanding organization.”

NC Machinery and the national Caterpillar Foundation have donated to the college in past years, contributions that have allowed the diesel tech program to purchase a Freightliner truck, a surplus city transit bus, and a forklift, among other items, all which are being used as training aids for the college’s diesel students.

According to Jake Fay, one of the diesel technology instructors, the truck will be used in parades to help increase awareness of the college’s diesel technology program.

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