ITD donates truck to West Ada Diesel Tech. program

ITD recently donated a 2012 GMC 3500 Sierra Crew Cab Pickup with nearly 172,000 miles to the West Ada School District and their Diesel Technology program. Although the vehicle has lost its usefulness for ITD, the students and instructors at the school were thrilled to receive the old truck to tinker on and fix up.

The vehicle will be used to train students on many light-duty diesel systems including electrical, heating, and air conditioning, drive-train operation and maintenance, and will also be used when transporting shared program resources with the College of Western Idaho.

“The feedback we received was that the students were thrilled, and that really why we did it,” said ITD Equipment Fleet Manager Steve Spoor.

“The purpose of the program is to teach the kids to work on diesel engines,” Spoor explained.  “By donating this truck, ITD is working to encourage young adults to enter into the diesel-repair trade."
“It is getting to be very difficult to hire qualified people into these types of trades,” he added.  

"We are so appreciative of this donation," said West Ada School District Career Technical Education Director Staci Low. "The Diesel students were immediately drawn to the truck as it was pulled into the lab. It's another training tool that the instructor can use to prepare students for a career in the diesel-mechanics field."

Published 05-03-19