Forsyth Tech and WheelTime Work Together to Develop ‘Real-World’ Program in Diesel Maintenance

Now in its second year, WheelTime Network, North America’s largest dedicated service and parts network for quality vehicle care headquartered in Greensboro, hosted the ‘Road to SuperTech’ competition in conjunction with Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem. WheelTime’s sponsorship of the competition expands upon the Network’s focus on training and education by exposing students to industry opportunities, and showcases Forsyth Tech’s dedication to working hand-in-hand with industry professionals.

The 2016 ‘Road to SuperTech’ competition, which took place last month, gave WheelTime Member techs, as well as Forsyth Tech students, a chance to use new diagnostic technologies and learn best practices. The ‘Road to SuperTech’ event kicked off with two training sessions in the afternoon and concluded with a competition the following day. Technicians from W.W. Williams and Clarke Power Services competed alongside five Forsyth Tech students. Elijah Doub took first place among the Forsyth Tech students and will receive a WheelTime-sponsored trip to compete in the American Trucking Association’s 2016 TMC FutureTech SuperTech competition that will be held September 18-22 in Raleigh. Kyle Ballard with Clarke Power Services took first place among the professional technicians.

“For the most part, the trucking industry has not been involved in the curriculum created by the schools,” said George Arrants, director of training and recruitment for WheelTime Network. “Today, technology is changing so fast that historical teaching methods can’t keep up, making it difficult to create a curriculum that provides everything today’s students need. Forsyth Tech and WheelTime aim to break this cycle by working together to create a tailored, real-world program that prepares new technicians for good jobs that are readily available and waiting for them.”

“WheelTime’s ‘Road to SuperTech’ gives our students a leg up by providing relevant, hands-on learning experiences before they head out into the workforce,” says Allen Doub, Forsyth Tech’s program coordinator for Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology. “As a result, our students are job-ready when they leave us and are able to contribute to their employers on day one.”

Forsyth Tech and WheelTime plan to make an announcement soon about a new partnership designed to provide state-of-the-art, technical training to students interested in pursuing employment in the ever-expanding field of diesel maintenance.

For more information, contact:

Forsyth Tech:
Msrtha Murphy
Reuben Rink
336.397.5407
martha@reubenrink.com

WheelTime:
Renee Harvey
336.544.2411
rharvey@quikotegroup.com

Kim Doran
336.544.2406
kdoran@quixotegroup


1st place winner receives award
Elijah Doub, left, took first place among the Forsyth Tech students in WheelTime’s recent SuperTech competition. He is congratulated by George Arrants, right, director of training and recruitment for WheelTime Network. Doub will receive a WheelTime-sponsored trip to compete in the American Trucking Association’s 2016 TMC FutureTech SuperTech competition that will be held September 18-22 in Raleigh.