MASON CITY – Harrison Truck Centers has joined in support of the Keeping NIACC First capital campaign by donating the use of a brand new Freightliner Cascadia truck to North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC). The gift is intended to enhance the Diesel Technology program and bring more visibility to the College. This gift is a yearly commitment for use of a new truck each year for five years at a value of $75,000 over the course of the five years.
Chad Harrison, Harrison Truck Centers, said, “Harrison Truck Centers is proud to support NIACC and the new Diesel Technology Center. NIACC provides a real value to North Iowa and Southern Minnesota in providing students an affordable avenue to continue their education after high school, and as the largest diesel repair shop in North Iowa, we rely on NIACC to provide us with skilled technicians to help us grow our business. Our careers started with NIACC and we are proud to help future community leaders get their start at NIACC as well.”
According to Diesel Instructor Dennis Salz, “This new truck will give students a first-hand look at the latest technology on a truck. The new emissions on the engine, and how it works, is something they can now actually see perform. It’s a great asset to the program for students to be able to experience the latest in drive train, electronics, fuel systems, brakes, and all the other systems on a truck.”
“I’m really excited about this partnership with Harrison Truck Centers and their support of our program,” Steve Schulz, NIACC President, said. “This truck will provide our students with the opportunity to learn about the latest truck technology as well as give us an opportunity to promote the Diesel Technology program. North Iowa has countless opportunities for truck technicians and drivers and we hope to fill many of those openings with our graduates. This is truly a remarkable and wonderful gift that will serve NIACC and its students well over the years.”
The Keeping NIACC First capital campaign committee is hoping to wrap up commitments to the campaign by the end of the year to allow the College to finalize the design and solicit bids for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) renovations and expansion, which is the final of the four projects being funded primarily from the campaign. The three completed projects are the Piano Upgrades and Music Enhancements, the Diesel Technology Center, and the Health Simulation Center.