The Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) Foundation, Oak Brook, IL, has now accredited 20 technical colleges across the nation in its effort to increase the number of technically trained equipment service people in the industry.
The foundation's "Vision 2012" program is a community-based, school-to-work program that operates through partnerships with dozens of post-secondary heavy diesel/technical schools across the country.
By the year 2012, the foundation intends to see about 1,200 ready-to-work graduates per year launching into technical careers at dealer service departments.
To qualify for accreditation, post-secondary diesel and heavy-equipment technology programs meet rigorous standards created by an AED technical committee composed of dealer, manufacturer and academic experts.
The AED Foundation is the nonprofit educational and workforce development arm of the Associated Equipment Distributors.