HCTC Diesel program receives Food City truck

truck with Food City and HCTC employeesFood City donated a truck for the Diesel Technology Program at HCTC. Shown here, from left, are: Billy Burgett, Food City Assistant Store Manager; Jeffery Stidham, HCTC Diesel Technology Instructional Specialist; Jimmy Caudill, HCTC Diesel Technology Associate Professor; Rocky Tickle, Food City Store Manager; and Dr. Jennifer Lindon, HCTC Occupational Technologies Dean.

Food City is assisting Hazard Community and Technical College to revitalize their Diesel Technology Program with a new focus on medium to heavy truck diesel engine repair. In the past, HCTC has been focused on heavy equipment repair and is excited to be moving in this new direction, which will also include courses offered to students who want to earn their Class A CDL. Hazard Community and Technical College received the generous donation of a Thermo King refrigerator unit and a 2010 Volvo tractor from Food City. The tractor and unit will be utilized in the program's curriculum so that students can gain experience working with these particular types of units. HCTC worked with Michael Tate, the Transportation Manager with Food City, in Abingdon, Virginia to secure the donation. HCTC would also like to thank the Hazard, Kentucky Food City Manager, Rockey Tickle.

HCTC President Dr. Steve Greiner said he was very appreciative of the gift and the interest Food City has in education. We greatly appreciate businesses, such as Food City, for investing back in their community. Many students will benefit from these donations as they utilize hands-on learning.

Food City is pleased to be working with HCTC and hopes its donation will assist them in acquiring top-notch diesel technicians and truck drivers from HCTC's technical programs. Participating in the donation event were: Food City Assistant Manager Billy Burgett, Instructional Specialist for Diesel Technology Jeffery Stidham, Diesel Technology Associate Professor Jimmy Caudill, Food City Store Manager Rockey Tickle and HCTC Occupational Technologies Dean Dr. Jennifer Lindon.