Corporate partnership adds Diesel Technology - Komatsu program at North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS)

May 7, 2014

Partnership aligns needs of dealerships for qualified Komatsu technicians
with opportunities for NDSCS students

FARGO, ND, May 7, 2014 — Representatives from North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS), Komatsu America Corp. General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. and Road Machinery & Supplies Co. announced today an educational partnership resulting in the addition of a Diesel Technology - Komatsu program to the NDSCS Diesel Technology department.

Through this innovative partnership, students will receive state-of-the-art technical training on Komatsu construction equipment and related products. A combination of classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory instruction and cooperative educational work experience at participating Komatsu dealerships, like General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. and Road Machinery & Supplies Co., will provide students with extensive experience servicing Komatsu equipment.

“We are pleased to add Komatsu to our reputable list of partners and value their contributions to this program,” said Dr. John Richman, NDSCS President. “With the recent completion of our $10.3 million diesel educational facility expansion, the time is right to add this highly technical Diesel Technology - Komatsu program.”

The Diesel Technology - Komatsu program will be taught in Bisek Hall located in Wahpeton, N.D., beginning August 2014. Graduates of the program will earn an Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) designed to develop technically competent, professional service technicians.

“NDSCS has been pivotal in making this partnership happen,” said Don Shilling, President of General Equipment & Supplies. “The need for highly educated diesel technicians continues to grow. In fact, we could easily hire a dozen technicians right now throughout our locations in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota.”

Through scholarship assistance, program costs associated with tuition, fees and supplies may be reimbursed up to 90 percent depending on a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA).

“We are excited to have our first batch of students starting at General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. to officially launch this program,” said Shilling. “We anticipate even more interest as our recruiters visit high schools throughout the region to share about this high-tech program.”

Prospective students can learn more about the Diesel Technology - Komatsu program by visiting www.ndscs.edu/komatsu or calling Enrollment Services in Wahpeton at 1-800-342-4325.

About North Dakota State College of Science:

NDSCS is a two-year, comprehensive college with a residential campus located in Wahpeton, N.D., and a commuter location referred to as NDSCS-Fargo, located in Fargo, N.D. NDSCS offers degrees, certificates and diplomas in over 80 academic options in traditional career and technical studies as well as liberal arts. The College also offers a variety of distance education and online courses. Approximately 98 percent of graduates are employed or pursuing additional education.

In 2013, Washington Monthly Magazine ranked NDSCS third among the nation’s two-year colleges and in 2014 the College received a College and Career Readiness Award from ACT, Inc. in the Career Preparedness category.

Unlike most two-year colleges, NDSCS in Wahpeton boasts a university atmosphere with over 30 affiliated student clubs and organizations, music groups, theater productions, intercollegiate athletics, intramural athletics and numerous social activities. For more information, visit ndscs.edu. Follow NDSCS on Facebook at facebook.com/ndscs and Twitter at twitter.com/ndscswildcats.

Komatsu America Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of earth-moving equipment, consisting of construction, mining and compact construction equipment. Through its distributor network, Komatsu offers state-of-the-art parts and service programs to support its equipment. Komatsu has proudly been providing high-quality reliable products for nearly a century. Visit our website at www.komatsuamerica.com for more information. Komatsu® is a registered trademark of Komatsu LTD.