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CFCC Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program ranked 23 out of 185 in Get Ahead Training Programs

The following is a press release from Cape Fear Community College

Cape Fear Community College’s Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program ranked 23rd out of 185 North American diesel schools associated with Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) Get Ahead Diesel Training Program.

Get Ahead, a partnership program between Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), diesel schools, and DTNA service network locations, offers diesel schools access to industry, web-based training, free of charge. The training gives students third-party certifications before they graduate.

“DTNA requires shops to have all of their technicians systems certified, so it’s a huge advantage to hire students who are already trained,” said Patrick Freeland, diesel and heavy equipment technology program director. “This type of training is what sets our students apart in the job application process.”

“Without help from the manufacturers and local dealerships, this recognition would not be possible and we would not be able to train the students on the latest technology,” said Freeland. “This is a perfect example of how the students benefit when the community and our programs work together.”

During the past seven years, Triple T, one of the largest truck dealers in the southeast, has supported Cape Fear Community College’s Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program with over $25,000 in donations. And for the past nine years, Gregory Poole Caterpillar, another valued partner to the industry in North Carolina, has donated over $175,000 in equipment and scholarships to support CFCC diesel and heavy equipment technology students and the program. These and other generous contributions have allowed the college to award students scholarships and provide front-line training on the latest technology. In fact, twenty scholarships have been awarded in this semester alone.

“CFCC is honored to be recognized as a national leader for training in this field, and we continue to enhance and look for ways to strengthen our programs. The support of local industry leaders has been invaluable to our students and to this program,” said CFCC President Jim Morton. We have a great teaching team and tremendous community support working together to provide CFCC students the best training to ready them for the workforce.”

To learn more about CFCC’s Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program, visit


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