Coca-Cola Donation Yields Valuable Instructional Components

Published 04.24.2008

Diesel Truck, Heavy Equipment & Power Generation

Diesel equipment technology instructor David C. Johnson (center) is joined by electric power generation technology students Benjamin G. Anderson, of Kane (left) and Joshua W. Hagarman, of Hanover.Coca-Cola Enterprises continues its support of Pennsylvania College of Technology with the donation of a 2000 International truck to the School of Natural Resources Management.

By donating the vehicle, which was damaged in an accident, Coca-Cola has given it new life: Diesel equipment technology instructor David C. Johnson's class removed the computer-controlled engine, Eaton transmission and several other valuable components.

"Until now, the college didn't have a current International engine with electronic controls. This donation will fill that void in the engines and fuels lab," Johnson said. "Students will be able to perform computer diagnostics associated with International using their software. In the engines lab, the students will be able to disassemble the engine and learn the inner workings of this very popular engine."

The donation was made possible by Jim Onufrak, fleet supervisor for Coca-Cola and a 1982 diesel mechanics graduate of Williamsport Area Community College. Coca-Cola has previously supported the college with a loan of its hybrid truck and is recruiting student technicians for internships and permanent employment.

"We really appreciate Coke's support of our programs," said Brett A. Reasner, assistant dean of natural resources management. "These training aids will have a positive impact on several classes, specifically engines, powertrains, heavy-duty brakes and vehicle electronics."

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