New Diesel Tech Program at Dickinson High School

BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) – It’s not every day you can work in a classroom with a tractor or excavator.

Dickinson High School students have the opportunity to do just that in a new diesel technology program.

Jonah Nelson is an instructor for the program.

“It’s definitely fun for the kids, it’s more exciting than reading the book every day,” says diesel coach Jonah Nelson.

Diesel Technology is a new program that exposes students to industrial machinery.

This year, with the help of local partners, it became possible.

“West Plains Ag, Titan Machinery and Butler have provided our students with brand new equipment,” said CTE Director Aaron Anderson.

Students say they enjoy hands-on learning.

“I love it because it’s a new challenge that I’ve really never had any experience with before,” said junior Tyson Schneider.

The ultimate goal, Anderson said, is to prepare students for careers in diesel technology.

“Providing an experience and sparking interest for our students will hopefully help meet some of the employment needs in southwest North Dakota,” Anderson said.

Next year, the program will move to a new CTE building in the area.

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