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​Contact: Debra Dennis
214-378-1851; ddennis@dcccd.edu

For immediate release — July 8, 2019

(DALLAS) — Cedar Valley College, one of the seven schools of Dallas County Community College District, has partnered with Kubota Tractor Corp. to prepare aspiring technicians with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in the off-road diesel equipment industry.

The new partnership, the Kubota Tech Program, was launched during a special presentation on Monday, June 24, at Cedar Valley College. Among those helping with the launch were: Dr. Joe May, chancellor of Dallas County Community College District; Julian Alvarez III, commissioner representing labor for the Texas Workforce Commission; John Sloan, director and division manager for Kubota; and Dr. Joseph Seabrooks, president of Cedar Valley College.

“It makes total sense from a workforce perspective for Cedar Valley College to partner with industry leaders on certifications that give students a head start on their respective careers,” Seabrooks said. “As part of this program, successful graduates will have the opportunity to work as Kubota technicians at dealerships across the country. In fact, Kubota anticipates needing 3,400 new technicians by 2022.”

CVC works closely with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) in the area of industry certifications. As tracked by NC3, Cedar Valley consistently ranks in the top 10 of certification centers nationally in the number of certifications earned by students. At last count, the total number exceeded 4,000.

Julian Alvarez III, commissioner representing labor for the Texas Workforce Commission, shows a resolution inspired by Career and Technical Education Signing Day at Cedar Valley College.

This overall effort is also supported by the Texas Workforce Commission, which awarded a $296,537 JET (Jobs and Education for Texans) grant for Snap-On Tools certifications in 2017 to help the college purchase and install equipment that provides nearly 1,000 students with training for careers in the automotive services profession.

The Kubota Tech Program is CVC’s third major announcement regarding industry certifications. The others are Fiat-Chrysler’s Mopar CAP (Career Automotive Program) LOCAL program and a certification center associated with Snap-On Tools.

The Dallas County Community College District, founded in 1965, comprises seven individually accredited colleges: Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland. All DCCCD colleges offer online learning. The district serves more than 83,000 credit and 25,000 continuing education students during the fall and spring semesters. DCCCD also offers dual credit for students in partner high schools and early college high schools throughout Dallas County.

Dr. Joe May, the district’s chancellor, has established the DCCCD higher education network in partnership with area school districts, colleges and universities, businesses, community organizations and others to support student success and college completion by removing barriers and providing services that help them earn a college credential and start their professional careers.

For more information, contact Henry Martinez, CVC director of marketing and public relations, at hmartinez@dcccd.edu or at 972-860-8142.

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