Navistar donates 5 trucks to EVIT Diesel Technologies program
Posted on 09/20/2018
Chicago-based manufacturer Navistar International Corporation has donated five commercial big rig trucks worth more than $400,000 to the East Valley Institute of Technology’s growing Diesel Technologies program.

Chicago-based manufacturer Navistar International Corporation has donated five commercial big rig trucks worth more than $400,000 to the East Valley Institute of Technology’s growing Diesel Technologies program.

The donation comes as EVIT is developing a pipeline of technically skilled workers to address the need for diesel mechanics in Arizona. It also coincides with EVIT’s plans to open a new truck driving school next year to address the state’s truck driver shortage.

Shon Rasmussen, fleet account manager for RWC Group and long-time advisor to EVIT’s Diesel program, said the Navistar donation not only will allow EVIT to train workers that industry needs, but will also allow EVIT to engage students and help them discover a career they will love.

“We need these young people to come to EVIT and learn skills for a lifetime,” Rasmussen said. “And they will find a passion in something where they can earn six figures.”

The Navistar donation includes:
  • Two International ProStar trucks
  • One International DuraStar truck
  • Two International WorkStar trucks
  • Interfaces students can use through laptop computers to diagnose issues.

EVIT Diesel instructor Steve Bernasek said the donated trucks and interfaces will be used by second-year students who are working toward earning industry certifications. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that job openings for diesel service technicians and mechanics will grow by 12 percent by 2024. The BLS estimates jobs for truck drivers will grow by 6 percent by 2026.

EVIT is committed to providing East Valley high school and adult students with high quality career training while meeting the needs of Arizona’s transportation industry. Currently, over 260 students are enrolled in EVIT’s automotive programs (Automotive Technologies, Diesel Technologies and Collision Repair), including almost 80 students in the Diesel program.

All of EVIT’s automotive programs are located at the Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main Street in Mesa. The truck driving school will be built on land EVIT owns just south of the campus. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Steve Waldvogel said construction is already under way and will include work done by EVIT Masonry and Welding students.

The Navistar donation will go a long way toward helping EVIT to continue its efforts to provide Arizona industry with a skilled workforce.

“We are so grateful for the Navistar donation,” said EVIT Superintendent Dr. Sally Downey. “When industry and career and technical education work together, the sky’s the limit in terms of providing quality training that meets the needs of students and industry.”

Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, proprietary diesel engines, and IC Bus® brand school and commercial buses. An affiliate also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. More info: www.navistar.com

EVIT is a public school providing tuition-free career training to high school students and adults who live in 10 school districts east of Phoenix. EVIT students have a 98 percent high school graduation rate and two out of three go on to college, many of them using their EVIT training to obtain jobs to help pay for college. More info: www.evit.com

Navistar donates 5 trucks to EVIT Diesel Technologies program

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