Missoula College Awarded $10K Grant to Support Diesel Technology Students

Left-to-Right: Jim Rang with Modern Machinery, Alex Carlson Missoula College Diesel Technology Instructor, Jeff Sept with Modern Machinery and Larry Reinholz with Missoula College

MISSOULA – The Missoula College Diesel Technology Program recently was awarded a grant to expand access to critical training tools and essential equipment.

The $10,000 award, provided by Modern Machinery and The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, will directly support the students enrolled in the Diesel Technology Program at Missoula College’s West Campus.

"We are thrilled to receive this grant to expand opportunity for our students.,” said Tom Gallagher, dean of Missoula College.

This grant is the latest example of a growing partnership between industry leaders and the workforce training programs provided by Missoula College.

"This investment aligns with our shared vision of a holistic education in all facets of diesel technology and directly benefits students,” said John Freer, Missoula College director of trades education. “The funding will help provide tools and equipment students need to develop practical skills, stay current with industry trends and graduate as well-rounded professionals ready to contribute to the workforce."

The grant underscores the success of the college’s partnership with Modern Machinery, a leading distributor of construction and mining equipment, in building the technical workforce needed in the region, as well as The Washington Foundation’s commitment to enhancing educational resources and fostering skill development within the industry.

More than two dozen students are enrolled in the Diesel Technology Program at Missoula College. The program provides the regional workforce with credentialed, skilled and competent diesel technicians and prepares them for careers in the diesel-powered truck and heavy equipment industries.

Missoula College, the University of Montana’s two-year college, provides occupational-focused technical credentials and transfer education with three campuses in Missoula and Hamilton. Missoula College is also a Guided Pathways Institution dedicated to improving the social and economic mobility of students through retention, certificate and degree completion, and personal growth.

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Contact: John Freer, Missoula College director of trades education, john.freer@umontana.edu