The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era 

LBCC diesel program seeks to meet need for more mechanics


January 17, 2017

INSTRUCTOR John Alvin inspects a bearing from a diesel engine during a class session at the Innovation and Heavy Equipment Diesel Center on Oak Street. From left are students Justin Cruickshank, Chris Gagneaux, Cody Anderson and Devin Cruikshank.

Garrison Whitfield says he’s wanted to be a diesel mechanic since, well, at least as far back as elementary school.

After he graduated from Sweet Home High School last June he received a letter he’d written to himself as a sixth-grader at Hawthorne Elementary.

“I opened it right after graduation. I said I wanted to be a diesel mechanic.”

Whitfield is now one of 50 students in the Linn-Benton Community College diesel technology program which, last fall, located to a new center on Oak Street in Lebanon, led by program Director John Alvin, who once stood in their shoes.

Alvin grew...

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