From local reports
Washington State Community College (WSCC) President Bradley Ebersole, along with fellow administration and students from Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Tech Prep, recently completed a tour with Hino Motors in Williamstown. Stephen Stalnaker, General Manager and Justin Wager, Assistant General Manager of Production conducted the tour throughout the Hino facility.
Hino Motors has been a significant supporter of Washington State, as well as maintaining representation on WSCC's Automotive Advisory Committee. "In 2008, Hino Motors donated a six cylinder engine to the college," said Brenda Kornmiller, dean of business, engineering and industrial technologies. "This engine is used in our Fuel & Emissions and Diesel Fuel and Hydraulics classes."
In 2009, Hino followed up with another donation, a Model 185 Diesel Truck. The truck is used in WSCC's Diesel Truck Program in classes such as: Vehicle Service & Maintenance, Brakes, Electrical Components, Electrical Circuitry, Medium and Heavy Truck Chasses, Computerized Engine Controls, Auto-Diesel Truck Drive Train and more.
"The Hino Corporation has been a great partner for Washington State and the diesel mechanics program," notes Dr. Ebersole. "They continue to support the program with equipment contributions and advice, and in turn we produce highly qualified individuals for employment. It is a win-win situation which we intend to have last a very long time."
College representatives visiting Hino today included President Dr. Bradley Ebersole, Dean Kornmiller, ASE Tech Prep Instructor Dan Blake, Robyn Hoffman, Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness, and Director of Workforce Development Laurene Huffman. Ten students from the ASE Tech Prep class also attended.
The ASE class is part of the College Tech Prep program that exists as a partnership between WSCC, the Washington-Morgan-Meigs College Tech Prep Consortium, Washington County Career Center, and Meigs, Morgan and Marietta high schools. The program combines college prep academics with solid career technical training, beginning in high school and extending into college.
Once completed, Tech Prep enables students to enter into an advanced skills technical associate degree program. Students also have the option of entering the world of work, military, or apprenticeships, with an array of stronger basic and occupational skills than graduates of general education programs.
Dean Kornmiller shares their purpose in touring Hino Motors facilities, "Our purpose today was to make sure we reach out to our community, ensuring that our programs are meeting their needs. Also, we want to let students know the jobs available at Hino and the work environment."
Hino Motors is a Japanese-based manufacturer of diesel trucks, buses, and other vehicles. It is a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Company and maintains offices and manufacturing facilities across the world.