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Oregon high schools develop diesel programs as CTE gains traction in district

McNary High School will feature a 5,000-square-foot shop and an adjacent classroom

Keizer, Ore.—McNary High School in the Salem Keizer School District in Oregon is building new career and technical education (CTE) spaces. Plans include a designated 5,000-square-foot diesel shop with an attached classroom, according to the Northwest Automotive Trades Association (NATA).

“We will begin offering courses related to the diesel industry for the2020-21 school year,” said Automotive Instructor Michael Melting, adding that the facility was designed during the planning stages for entire school improvement/construction.

“I would also like to add that CTE is growing in the entire school district because of great CTE teachers and support from administration.”

— Automotive Instructor Noel Thiel

The scope of the program will be centered on foundational diesel and the classes will allow students to enter into any post-secondary diesel program or the industry. Classes will include “Diesel Engines,” “Fuel Systems and Performance,” “Hydraulics/Pneumatics,” “A/C” and “Welding,” and an “Advanced Electrical Starting and Charging” course.

More courses of higher levels may be added at a later date, Melting said. One year of basic automotive will be required to enter the diesel courses.

McKay High School (also in the Salem Keizer School District) Automotive Instructor Noel Thiel said, “I would also like to add that CTE is growing in the entire school district because of great CTE teachers and support from administration.”

Jefferson School seeks donations

Jefferson High School in Jefferson, Ore., is also developing a diesel technology program and is presently in the early stages of planning.

Automotive Instructor Spencer Johnson said that because of a limited budget, he is seeking donations of tools, shop equipment, diesel engines and related items. If you can help, contact him at spencer.johnson@jefferson.k12.or.us or 541-961-2678.

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