RDO Truck Centers, M State partner on Transportation Center
Minnesota State Community and Technical College and RDO Truck Centers are pleased to announce a partnership in support of the new Transportation Center and the Diesel Equipment Technology program on M State’s Moorhead campus. With its $100,000 donation to the center, RDO has secured naming rights to the larger of the two diesel program labs housed in the Transportation Center. “We’re delighted to be partnering with such an important business partner as RDO for the benefit of our program and, most especially, our students,” said M State President Peggy Kennedy. The new center will accommodate up to 150 students in the Diesel Equipment Technology program and in the adjacent Automotive Technology program. RDO Truck Centers President Kenny Useldinger said “the entire team at RDO Truck Centers is excited about our partnership on the new lab.” “We cannot think of a better place for our future technicians to start down the path of a great career,” Useldinger said. Chief Academic Officer Carrie Brimhall noted that M State’s transportation programs have a long history of educating students who want to live and work in the region. “The support of our industry partners, like RDO Truck Centers, is critical to our success,” Brimhall said. “The RDO Truck Centers team is not just providing a financial donation, they are making a commitment to support our faculty in all aspects of the program. This is a partnership, in every sense of the word, and we are very grateful for their support.” Work on the $7 million Transportation Center began in 2014 and, when work is completed this summer, the new M State facility will relieve congestion in the transportation program labs, accommodate higher enrollment and allow for new technologies and an improved learning environment for both the Diesel Equipment Technology and Automotive Technology programs. An open house at the center is scheduled for Aug. 17. RDO Truck Centers operates full-service Mack and Volvo Truck dealerships in Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Dickinson, Minot and Williston, N.D.