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Trade group recognizes school's diesel program

May 29, 2019
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Kent Career Tech Center diesel and equipment technology program
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A local high school’s diesel technician program has been accredited by an industry association.

Kent Career Tech Center is the first school in Michigan and sixth in the country to receive be accredited by the Associated Equipment Distributors, or AED, Foundation for its diesel and equipment technology program, according to AED last month.

The accreditation was sponsored by Ferris State University’s AED Foundation-accredited B.S. program in heavy equipment service engineering technology.

To achieve recognition, a high school program must partner and work with an accredited college program and the local equipment industry to develop curriculum and needed resources. This also involves an agreement for high school students to receive college credit.

The program is meant to be a “community-based, school-to-work” plan that allows local dealers, colleges, high schools and industry stakeholders to work together to meet mutual needs.

The AED Foundation began recognizing high school diesel technology programs with its AED Foundation High School Program Recognition initiative in 2017.

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