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Upstate Giving, April 29, 2019

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Truck donated to Greenville Tech’s diesel program

Big truck maker Navistar and local dealer Carolina International Trucks and Idealease have donated a new International TranStar to Greenville Technical College’s diesel equipment technology program. The compressed natural gas-powered diesel tractor is valued at $100,000.

Brian Easler, transportation technologies department head at Greenville Technical College; Rick Todd, president and CEO, South Carolina Trucking Association; George C. “Buddy” Smith, fleet sales manager, southeast region, Navistar Inc.; J.R. “Randy” Downs, general manager, Carolina International Trucks; Brian Callopi, academic program director for diesel technologies at Greenville Technical College; and Steve Berryhill, instructor, stand with a donated truck that will allow students to gain experience with vehicles using alternative fuel. (Photo/Provided)This addition to the college’s fleet of vehicles allows students to gain a more diverse hands-on experience with up-to-date engines, fuel systems and equipment as well as power trains, suspension and steering, air brake systems, electrical systems and emission systems, according to a news release.

Graduates of the diesel equipment technology three-semester certificate have the skills needed to complete national certifications required to become heavy equipment diesel technicians, the release said. A Diesel Engine Performance certificate allows graduates to specialize in engine adjustments and diagnostics, and a Heavy Equipment Auxiliary Systems certificate emphasizes auxiliary power units, Thermo-king refrigeration and HVAC systems.

“This donation and the support Carolina International Trucks has provided over many years allows us to offer a high-quality diesel education,” Brian Callopi, academic program director for diesel technologies at Greenville Technical College, said in the release. “When classroom instruction can be applied to vehicles like this tractor, students are well prepared to work on modern diesel systems when they graduate.”

“We believe in and endorse the diesel program at Greenville Technical College. We employ GTC graduates and look forward to adding more to our team,” Randy Downs, general manager at Carolina International Trucks and Idealease in both Greer and Greenville.

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