A delegation of Colorado community college officials and business leaders visited Minnesota State Community and Technical College’s Moorhead campus on Tuesday, drawn by the reputation of M State’s Diesel Equipment Technology program.
The Colorado delegation included officials from Community College of Aurora in Aurora, Colo., two representatives of Colorado’s community college system and representatives of four Colorado construction equipment dealers. They are hoping to enhance the Diesel Power Mechanics program now offered on the Aurora campus, said Dllona Clendenen, M State’s dean of academics for career and technical programs.
Clendenen said the visitors spent nearly three hours at M State, where they met with administrators and diesel instructors and toured M State’s diesel labs and the $7 million Transportation Center that’s now under construction.
“M State was selected by the Colorado Community College System due to our reputation as a successful and industry-focused program that graduates qualified technicians for industry,” Clendenen said.
One of the aspects that interested the delegation was M State’s use of actual engines rather than simulators in teaching Diesel Technology students, she said.
When the Transportation Center is completed next fall, M State will be able to accept 88 first- and second-year students in the college’s associate degree and diploma programs in Diesel Equipment Technology.
CCA Vice President of Academic Affairs Janet Brandau said her delegation’s visit to the Moorhead program “allowed us to think beyond the boundaries of our current relatively small diesel program.”
“The expertise, knowledge and transparency of all the staff we visited with was most appreciated,” Brandau said. “The quality of the program and the instructors was clearly evident, and we gained new ideas and novel approaches to operating a successful diesel program.”