News Release

Published on Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Western’s Diesel and Heavy Equipment program was part of a circle of giving today as donations came in and went out.

First, students and faculty recognized a local community member for his generous donation of a 2002 Freightliner semi truck. Rick Cook, of Holmen, no longer needed the vehicle, so when he learned that Western welcomes equipment donations, he contacted the College. The truck is valued at $9,500, but is invaluable in the hands-on experience it will provide to students for years to come.

To show their appreciation, the students and faculty presented Rick with a monogrammed program jacket.

Shortly after giving thanks for the donation, those same students and faculty members turned around to donate more than $900 worth of toys to the Jaycee’s Toys for Tots campaign. The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician Student Club set the goal of filling a front-end loader bucket with diesel-themed toys. Just yesterday it didn’t appear that they would make their goal, but with last minute donations from students, their families, and area businesses, they exceeded expectations.

Appreciation turns into generosity. ‘Tis the season for giving!