August 2014

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48 | www.cedmag.com | Construction Equipment Distribution | August 2014 Workforce Development in Action Equipment dealers may also be able to assist students with loans, scholar- ships, mentoring, tool purchases and paid internships. "No less important, AED members can help ensure that their local, state and federal government representa- tives understand the needs and challenges of the equipment industry and career and technical colleges," Johnson added. "And all those things are just a start of the benefits that can come out of conferences like this." Conference Experts Speakers at the Instructors Conference included Dr. John Richman, president of NDSCS in Wahpeton, N.D. A former six-year member of the AED Founda- tion's Board of Directors, Richman's presentation provided a technical college perspective on diesel/equip- ment technology education, equip- ment industry workforce development and the importance of industry/college partnerships in education of future service technicians. Paul Diederich, president of Indus- trial Builders, Inc., West Fargo, N.D., presented a contractor's perspective on industry workforce development. Richard Smith, vice president, ICT Business Division and Product Market- ing, Komatsu America Corp., Rolling Meadows, Ill., offered a glimpse of the future in construction equipment technology. Other speakers were Justin Scammey, manager of College Partnerships with John Deere (Olathe, Kan.) and Dr. Tim Dell, associate professor at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan. "NDSCS faculty and staff were directly involved in planning much of the conference logistics," Lintow said. "Terry Marohl, department chair for Diesel Technology Programs and Jennifer Schmitt, program assistant, Diesel Technology Programs, were key contributors." ("Workforce Development in Action" continued from page 47) Don Shilling, president of General Equip- ment & Supplies, shared some of his experiences as a dealer working with NDSCS and other AED-accredited colleges. Shilling and his employees were an inte- gral part of planning the conference. Dr. John Richman, president of North Dakota State College of Science, wel- comed the instructors to the conference. A former AED Foundation board member, Richman is very passionate about indus- try working with their local schools on technician recruitment and development. Paul Diederich, president of Industrial Builders, Inc., gave a general contractor's perspective on the current workforce development situation. (continued on page 63)

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