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June 2015 | Construction Equipment Distribution | www.cedmag.com | 29 is scrambling just to make sure the current programs can remain intact. A shortfall of more than $50,000 for the 2015 annual fundraising campaign is threatening to halt the spread of accredited schools like CAC. AED member action is urgently needed to keep e Foundation's power- ful workforce development in full accel- eration mode – and that action is the immediate, generous financial support from every AED member company, whether distributors, manufacturers or industry service providers. Making AED accreditation work is definitely a team sport. "Please contact us right away and pledge your tax-deductible investment in the work we're doing," said Steve Johnson, vice president of Foundation Opera- tions. "We've come so far and made so much progress with our local emphasis on empowering industry and schools within the community and actually revers- ing the technician shortage. is would be a terrible time for a setback, or worse, a pullback from the programs with which we have already established accreditation relationships." Call Rebecca Lintow or e-mail rlintow@ aednet.org to pledge your support for e Foundation and help them reach their 2015 goal of $300,000. What Schools Long For While monetary support is vital to green lighting more accred- ited schools nationally, Helmich at CAC urged a concurrent commit- ment from industry to participate deeply at the local level with diesel/ technical programs. "Keep thinking about ways you can contribute back to institutions and programs, because it's your contribu- tions that make a big difference to the sustainability of a program," was her message for AED members. "Even giving of your time. Maybe you have an employee who would make a good instructor – reach out and let's have a conversation about how they might contribute. Maybe they can just come in and do a workshop for [the school], on emissions [Tier 4], for example. Empire Cat in Mesa, Ariz., has been right beside Hurt and his team, and had just dropped off 11 engines for the program when CED was visiting in May. "ey invite us to go to any Empire training we want to go to as instructors, and this summer they opened it up to some students, too," added Hurt. Another prime example of in-the- trenches distributor support is Vermeer Southwest in the Chandler-Gilbert area. Dealer Principal Bo Adams has (continued next on page) Instructor Donald Flewelling (right) and Scott Robertson, who was honored as CAC's outstanding student in the Diesel Technology program Central Arizona College proudly thrives with its accreditation status and strong local industry support, as well as plenty of internal encouragement from the top down. CAC students Eliseo Herrera (left) and Trevor Aranda received the Mike Rowe tool scholarships – in affiliation with The AED Foundation – for achieving highest GPAs at this AED accredited technical postsecondary program, led by Garrett Hurt (center).