Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology was chosen to be a national training site for a Caterpillar Inc. academy.
Caterpillar is a California-based manufacturer of heavy equipment machinery.
The program will train students on Caterpillar machines as part of its proposed associate degree program, Yeagley said at a board meeting Wednesday night.
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The training will also be associated with the Marcellus Shale Coalition, Yeagley said.
This is a similar program to the one CPI offers with Case Corp. that was started in 2013. The Case program allows each student to take one year of general diesel study followed by an additional year in a specific concentration.
CPI serves as the Case training facility for the northeast region, and will help educate students aspiring to get into the Marcellus Shale and natural gas-related industries with a Case emphasis.
Case is a manufacturer of construction and agricultural equipment.
The partnership with Case began a couple years ago with the help of Benner Township construction equipment dealer Groff Tractor & Equipment, said Todd Taylor, CPI director of adult and post-secondary education.
When Case was looking for a new regional training facility, representatives at Groff suggested checking out CPI, Taylor said.
James Ruffalo, Case construction service development manager said at a CPI open house last year that Case scouted North America to set up facilities for students and others in need of training. CPI is one of four Case training locations in the U.S. and Canada.
Caterpillar donated equipment to CPI, Yeagley said.