Mixer Truck Donation to Provide Diesel Students More Skills

Representatives of Oklahoma-based Dolese Bros. Co. and Canadian Valley Technology Center have partnered for a unique training mission. Dolese donated this 2002 Sterling McNeilus cement mixer truck to the school so that students enrolled in CV Tech’s Diesel Technology program could learn additional skills to make them more desirable employees in the diesel repair industry. Pictured from left are Dolese employees Jon Yarbrough, Brian Malatka and Ryan Finley, along with Canadian Valley administrators, Dr. Greg Winters, Jeremy Eaton, Brandon Cary and Diesel instructor Flint Edwards.

August 17, 2016

YUKON – Upon first glance into the diesel shop at Canadian Valley Technology Center, the casual observer would see only a cement mixer truck.

But it’s much more.  

The large ready-mixed concrete truck is a symbolic bridge uniting a for-profit company with a public school, which by its very nature trains a skilled workforce to fill specific industry needs.

Oklahoma-based construction materials provider Dolese Bros Co., donated a monstrous 2002 Sterling McNeilus mixer truck on Aug. 16 to CV Tech for use in the school’s Diesel Technology program that is housed at the Holt Campus in Yukon.

“We really appreciate the relationship with Dolese and certainly the donation of this mixer truck,” said CV Tech Superintendent Dr. Greg Winters. “Even more than that, I appreciate that this is an investment for both Dolese and for us.

“Dolese is no doubt hoping we can provide technicians to make them a stronger company. We really like it when a donation allows us to train individuals to be able to go and provide for their families and to be tax-paying citizens. Those are the most special type of donations.”

Dolese has a fleet of more than 400 mixer trucks. Accordingly, a fleet of repair technicians is required for routine and unscheduled maintenance.

Company executives hope the donation of the mixer truck will lead to students acquiring skills that will make them more employable in the diesel industry.

Winters believes the mixer truck is a great example of the relationships sought and nurtured through partnerships between the school and area companies.

“We’re training the workforce that Dolese needs, and that is a perfect description of what we do,” Winters said. “When a company has a need that fits within our ability to offer skills to our students that will in turn get them hired, we all benefit.”

CV Tech has been preparing people to succeed in such quality programs as Diesel Technology for 46 years.

The program offers students learn to troubleshoot and maintain diesel engines, electrical components, air-brake systems and cab air‐conditioning.

Canadian Valley offers three area campus sites to serve patrons in central Oklahoma. Besides offering nearly two dozen full-time career training programs to high school and adult students. CV Tech also offers countless short-term courses in fields such as computers, health and special interests in both the daytime and evening. CV Tech’s Business and Industry Services division provides affordable customized training to a variety of area companies.