Nov. 20, 2020

HARRISBURG – A $22,447 grant awarded to Dauphin County Technical School this week will be used to buy a wireless, four-column lift that students can use to raise and lower semi trucks, according to Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin).

The lift will improve safety for diesel technology students working around the trucks that weigh 25,000 to 30,000 pounds each.

“The students who are studying in this program were working with a wired lift and now can use the newest technology, which is what they will encounter with their future employers. I’m thankful this grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education can make the upgrade possible,” Lewis said.

The Dauphin County Technical School funding was among 34 grants announced this week for training students for high-demand positions. The grants require matching dollars from local sources.

Teacher Brian Diehl said he was thrilled to learn of the grant award.

“The main thing is safety and giving students the opportunity to see the most up-to-date and recent equipment,” he said, explaining semi trucks are raised to do inspection tasks, drain fluids and work on drivetrain components.

Students graduating from the program are job ready for high-paying positions at employers like UPS and Caterpillar, Diehl said.

Representative Andrew Lewis
105th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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