Jimmy Neal of Vermilion, is one of 12 diesel mechanics students from Alexandria Technical College (ATC) that participated in a summer work experience at Ziegler, Inc. Caterpillar dealer in Minnesota and Iowa.
During the 12-week summer work experience program, the students received exposure to the truck, customer repair, electrical power generation, and compact equipment shops at the Ziegler, Inc., Bloomington and Shakopee stores.
Each of the program participants will receive a $250 scholarship each semester of their second year and will be invited to participate in a six-week internship in the spring where they will receive exposure to a third area of shop training
This is the ninth year of this unique opportunity for ATC Diesel Mechanic students. The partnership with the college and Ziegler, Inc., along with support from the Caterpillar Foundation was formed in 1998. ATC has received cash and equipment donations, gifts in kinds, and special purchases averaging $100,000 per year from Ziegler, Inc. and the Caterpillar Foundation.