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Somerset County Technical High School Receives Tractor-trailer Donation

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WESTOVER, Md.- Somerset County Technical High School recently received a donation of a working tractor-trailer from Salisbury-based poultry giant Perdue Farms.

"It's a great opportunity for our students," said Dr. John Gaddis, superintendent of Somerset County Public Schools.

The truck will be used by the school’s medium/heavy truck program, in which students learn skills required for careers involving diesel engine maintenance and repair.

"This will be very useful for our students," said Cole Roach, medium/heavy truck program Instructor. "They can learn about the electrical components, engine diagnosis, troubleshooting, refrigeration and more. It'll be very beneficial for the students and companies down the road."

Somerset County Public Schools began offering the medium/heavy truck course this school year with the opening of the new technical high school. Students completing the program may choose to further their education after high school by enrolling in a trade school, or they may go directly to work for businesses that maintain a fleet of trucks for their core business functions, such as Perdue Farms.

"As the need for technicians continues to grow, Perdue is excited to partner up with Somerset County," said Jeffrey Mitchel, regional fleet manager with Perdue Farms. "The donation today will allow students hands-on training and hopefully a career in Perdue someday."

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