July 5, 2010

MSCC to receive federal funds for diesel & hybrid technology training

Mid-South Community College will receive nearly $740,000 of a $4.3 million Department of Labor grant to enhance diesel technology training, and an additional $200,000 will help create a four-year degree opportunity on the West Memphis campus.

MSCCai??i??s portion of the grant will fund faculty, equipment and supplies to support a career pathway in Diesel Technology with employable ai???stop-outai??? points at high school graduation, community college credentials (certificates and degree), and a baccalaureate degree.

The Bachelor of Science degree will be provided in partnership with Montana State University Northern (MSUN), recognized by industry leaders as one of the nationai??i??s top diesel programs.

ai???This grant gives us the resources to dramatically expand our existing diesel technology program and double the number of workers we can train,ai??? said Dr. Glen Fenter, MSCC President. ai???With our proximity to the largest transportation and distribution center in the region, we will be able to create some phenomenal training and
career opportunities for our students.ai???

In support of the expanded program, MSCC will break ground soon on the $6 million ADTEC BioDiesel Technology Center on the North Campus. The 31,000-square foot facility will include a biofuel engine testing facility and fuel and oil analysis laboratories which will support adoption of biofuels by the transportation industry.

The facility will also support research by regional universities on the impact of biofuels and biolubricants on engine performance and durability.