Schneider National donates Freightliner truck to WyoTech

Schneider National Inc., North America's largest truckload carrier, has donated a late-model Freightliner C-120 truck to WyoTech, formerly Wyoming Technical Institute. The truck will be used to instruct students on Class 8 truck repairs, including anti-lock brake system testing and maintenance, as well as general preventative maintenance instruction."Being able to partner with Schneider National gives us the opportunity to allow students to continue their educations," said Dale Eslinger, executive director, WTI Foundation (a 501C3 non-profit organization set up by WyoTech)."Schneider National continues to grow and experience an on-going need for qualified diesel mechanics," said Steve Rhode, director of business support, Schneider National Maintenance Services. "Schneider National chose to partner with WyoTech because it has one of the leading programs in the diesel repair field. The truck donation is a win/win for both organizations. WyoTech students will gain experience working on late-model trucks and future graduates who choose Schneider National as an employer will have the advantage of having trained on the equipment we run."WyoTech offers three programs under its core technical concentration: Automotive Technology, Diesel Technology and Collision & Refinishing Technology. WyoTech students spend approximately half of their time learning classroom theory and half of their time in the shop learning "hands on" skills."I was glad to see Schneider National donate this truck. It gives us a better perspective of the equipment on the road, especially the Rockwell drive lines equipped on Freightliners," said Kevin George, a WyoTech diesel student from Alice, Texas, who will graduate in March, 2004.In addition to the truck donation, Schneider National offers scholarships each semester to qualified students through the WTI Foundation. Schneider National Maintenance Services believes diesel mechanic programs provide an excellent foundation for those interested in becoming mechanics.

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