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$50,000 Caterpillar grant awarded to Linn State

For 15 years the Caterpillar Foundation has awarded the Foundation for Linn State Technical College with a $50,000 matching grant to prepare students for employment in the heavy equipment industry.

“I am very pleased the Caterpillar Foundation has once again awarded the Foundation for Linn State Technical College with this grant,” said Dr. Donald Claycomb, Linn State President.  “It speaks highly of Caterpillar’s belief in the technical education we provide to students in preparation for careers as service technicians.”


From Left to Right: Carla McDaniel, executive director of the Foundation for Linn State Technical College; George Stanek, Linn State chair of Heavy Equipment Technology; Sheila Bruursema, Dean Machinery Company director of Human Resources, Shane Barbagallo, service manager of Fabick Power Systems, Inc.; Larry Reed, executive vice president of Dean Machinery Company; Lori Dean, president of Dean Machinery Company; Kelley Maxwell, Caterpillar, Inc. service training consultant; Mike Jansen, Fabick CAT controller; Dr. Donald Claycomb, Linn State president; Robert Mayberry, Fabick CAT service manager; Doug Fabick, president of Fabick CAT; Vicki Schwinke, Linn State dean of Academic and Student Affairs; and Kimberly Gerdes, Fabick CAT director of Human Resources. 


Since 1995, Linn State Technical College has partnered with the Caterpillar Foundation and Caterpillar dealers, Dean Machinery Company and Fabick CAT, to provide the Heavy Equipment Technology (HET) and Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Technology (MHT) programs with resources.  The program requires a commitment by all three partners to assure program success.

As a requirement of the grant, dealers provide half of the funds to match the Caterpillar Foundation portion to support the programs.

“The funds from this grant allow our programs the ability to keep up with the latest technology,” said George Stanek, HET/MHT Chair.  “Over the years the grant has allowed us to better fulfill our mission of preparing students for profitable employment and life of learning with the Caterpillar dealerships.”

Funds from the grant will be used for curriculum enhancements such as equipment, lab aids and tooling upgrades.  The grant also provides additional funds for faculty training and recognition, student recruitment, scholarships and recognition.

With more than 35 programs, Linn State Technical College is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission.   Linn State has campuses in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City.  Linn State prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.    

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