Submitted by Grays Harbor College

Grays Harbor College recently received a Peterbilt truck, generously donated by the PACCAR Foundation. The Certified Clean Idle vehicle was a recent lease-return to PACCAR and has all the latest technology for GHC students to work on gaining key skills.

“We want our students to have every advantage when they go out into the workplace,” explains Diesel  Technology instructor David Werner. “More than being able to fix broken equipment and parts, today’s mechanics need to be able to quickly diagnose and replace. Our Diesel Tech students will be able to utilize cutting-edge technology on this vehicle as well as the new diagnostic tool. This is the same software and equipment used in leading shops in the industry,” Werner explained.

In thanking Ken Hastings of the PACCAR Foundation, the College’s Dean for Workforce Education, Dr. Lucas Rucks, remarked, “This vehicle demonstrates the college’s commitment to emerging technology and the routine updating of curriculum to ensure we are training to today’s standards. It also demonstrates the collaboration with our regional employers and satisfaction of our graduates.”

PACCAR focuses on the design, manufacture and customer support of light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services, information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.

GHC’s President, Dr. Jim Minkler added, “While we are committed to our students and employers in Washington, we just couldn’t continue to update our tools and vehicles without the generous support of employers like Pape, Kenworth, Peterbilt, and PACCAR as well as connections with the community’s greatest resources,  people like Mr. Pat Hughes, for example. Through donations from these entities, we have current technology, trucks, and tool scholarships for the foreseeable future.”

For more information about the Diesel Technology program at GHC, contact 360.538.4011,

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