Donations Drive Hands-on Training in Diesel Technology Program

May 11 2018

Students in Rosedale Technical College’s diesel technology program will benefit from a truck donation made by long-time partner Hill International Trucks LLC.  The donation included a low-mileage 2012 International ProStar truck and will be incorporated into the hands-on curriculum offered at the college.

Hill International Trucks LLC is a heavy- and medium-duty truck and trailer dealership with locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Originally founded in 1897 as an International Harvester farm equipment dealer, they now have a 70 plus year history of selling new equipment under the International Truck franchise as well as all makes of used equipment.

Representing Hill International Trucks at the donation ceremony included Mr. Jack Hill, Owner; Mr. Mike Barber, President; Mr. Joe Mazur, Service Manager at the Eighty Four, PA location; Mr. Mike Chronister, Human Resource Manager; Mr. Steve Smith, Mobile Maintenance Manager; Mr. Mark Donnadio, Service Manager at the East Liverpool, OH location; and Mr. Jared Williams, General Manager at the Eighty Four, PA location.

“Hill International Trucks believes in the future of Rosedale Tech’s diesel program.  We have been involved with them for many years across all avenues and have employed many Rosedale Tech graduates,” said Mr. Mazur.

“Our goal at Hill International is to partner with colleges like Rosedale Tech and to provide the necessary materials to help grow this high demand field.”

Founded in 1949, Rosedale Technical College is a private, nonprofit college that continues to help grow the region’s economic footprint by creating technical training programs that meet employers’ evolving demands for skilled laborers. Program offerings include automotive, collision repair, diesel, electrical, HVAC, truck driving, industrial technician, and welding. Rosedale Tech’s strong relationships with over 600 regional employers and hands-on training enable students to obtain employment and career success.

In April, Rosedale Tech launched its new 10-year strategic plan initiative, known as The Five Star Focus, which is targeted at elevating the trades in our region.   The Five Star Focus identifies five key objectives that align with the college’s student-centered values and embrace the evolving industry trends. The five pillars include Innovate Teaching and Learning, Enhance the Student Experience, Build Capacity, Advance the College, and Grow Enrollment.  One of the key action items included in Rosedale Tech’s strategic plan includes expanding and leveraging employer relationships to improve labs, training equipment and student skills.

“Collaboration between colleges and employers is a critical component as we make progress in closing the skills gap. Rosedale Tech is proud to be aligned with industry leaders like Hill International in the mission to enhance our students’ experience,” said Dennis Wilke, President of Rosedale Technical College.

Hill International’s truck donation is one of a few equipment donations Rosedale Technical College has recently received, which aligns with the college’s strategic plan to expand training opportunities in the labs.  Other donations include a brand new 2018 Duramax diesel engine from Cochran Automotive, conduit bending tools from Klein Tool for the electrical technology program, and a commitment from Mazda for equipment in the automotive labs.   In addition, the college secured a grant through the PNC Foundation to purchase mobile laptop carts to be utilized in Rosedale Tech’s high-tech automotive and diesel labs.

If you are a company or organization that would like to make a donation to the nonprofit college, please give us a call today at (800) 521-6262.