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Bachelor of Diesel Technology program receives NWCCU accreditation
Posted: 5/9/2014 Centralia College’s newest venture into bachelor degree offerings, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Diesel Technology, now has the approval of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the agency responsible for ensuring that accreditation standards are met.

This approval represents the final hurdle for Centralia College as it prepares to roll out the diesel program this fall. Centralia College is one of four colleges in the nation to offer a bachelor of diesel technology and the only one on the west coast. It is the first community college to offer a program of this kind.

“We have worked extremely hard to make sure that we have a quality diesel program,” Larry McGee, associate dean of bachelor programs, said. “As we developed the program, we worked with diesel professionals such as Pape Machinery, NC Machinery, and Cummins Northwest, making sure that we not only met but exceeded industry standards. It is our goal to provide the industry with quality graduates they want to hire.”

The college has a successful two-year associate degree program in diesel technology, making it a natural progression to offer the bachelor program in diesel technology, McGee said. The college’s BASD is designed for those who have earned a two-year degree in diesel technology.

“Graduates of our program will have higher level skills in dealing with technical complexities in the diesel field, and will have management skills that are a key ingredient in a successful business environment,” McGee said.

For more information on the BASD program, contact McGee at or visit our BAS website at


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