Minnesota State Community and Technical College and General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. are excited to announce a partnership in support of the Diesel Equipment Technology program on M State’s Moorhead campus.
With a $30,000 donation, General Equipment & Supplies has secured naming rights to a smart classroom in M State’s new $6.5 million Transportation Center.
The classroom will be named the Donald W. Shilling Center for Education in honor of the company’s president.
“We are delighted to be working closely with General Equipment & Supplies, as this is a perfect example of meeting both workforce and higher education needs,” said M State President Peggy Kennedy. “This is a wonderful honor for Donald Shilling, as well.”
“Diesel technicians are the heartbeat of our service team, so this expansion was important for us to support,” said Steve Stafki, vice president of service at General Equipment & Supplies.
The Donald W. Shilling Center for Education classroom is an interactive high-tech learning space that uses team smart screens and can accommodate up to 36 students at a time.
Work began in 2014 on the M State Transportation Center, which will house both the Diesel Equipment Technology and Automotive Service Technology programs at the college. The center was funded through the legislative bonding process, along with financial commitments from industry partners.
“We have had a strong relationship with North Dakota State College of Science for years with the Komatsu Diesel Tech Program and decided to extend our reach by being a key player with M State as well, in an effort to promote the diesel technician industry as a whole,” Don Shilling said.
General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. is a premier dealer of construction and aggregate equipment in the region, with six locations in three states and two Canadian provinces.