Daimler Truck North America donates 2020 Freightliner Cascadia to Wilkes Community College

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May 19, 2022

Daimler Truck North America donates 2020 Freightliner Cascadia to Wilkes Community College

Daimler Truck North America donates 2020 Freightliner Cascadia to Wilkes Community College

WILKESBORO, N.C. – Wilkes Community College (WCC) is pleased to announce that Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) and their Service Training Center in Cleveland, North Carolina have donated a 2020 Freightliner Cascadia with Detroit Diesel 15L engine and Detroit DT12 automated transmission to their Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program. The truck was never put into service and was only used as a technician training truck at their Cleveland, N.C. facility.

“Thank you to Daimler Truck North America, Get Ahead program, and Velocity Truck Center for the continued support that they give to WCC and the diesel program and our students,” stated Mike Murphy, WCC lead diesel instructor. He added, “Without the support from our industry partners, our jobs of training students would be more difficult. This new unit will enable students to train on state-of-the-art equipment that they will see after graduation. We look forward to the continued growth of our partnerships with DTNA, Get Ahead, and Velocity Truck Center.”

WCC participates in the Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) Get Ahead program designed for colleges and technical schools. The Get Ahead program is a partnership program between Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), diesel schools, and DTNA service network locations, offering diesel schools access to industry web-based training free of charge. With this web training access as well as service information and diagnostic equipment that technicians use, WCC can prepare students for the real world. Velocity Truck Center is WCC’s sponsoring dealer for the Get Ahead program. Velocity is a dealer group consisting of over 50 dealerships nationwide with four dealerships in close proximity to WCC’s service area.

The DTNA Service Training Academy targets donations to Get Ahead schools that are actively engaged in their programs and especially likes to support local communities. WCC is in the top 10% of the 290 Get Ahead schools across the United States and Canada.

“Supporting Wilkes Community College with new technology will ensure that graduates are more up to speed as they enter this exciting industry,” stated Mike Mallett, DTNA – Service Training.

Mike Mallett, Daimler Truck North America; Mike Murphy, WCC diesel and heavy equipment technology instructor; and Mike Williams,

Daimler Truck North America.


About Daimler Truck North America

Daimler Truck North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a leading provider of comprehensive products and technologies for the commercial transportation industry. Daimler Truck North America designs, engineers, manufactures and markets medium- and heavy-duty trucks, school buses, vehicle chassis and their associated technologies and components under the Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp and Detroit brands. Daimler Truck North America is a subsidiary of Daimler Truck Holding AG (DTG), one of the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers.

Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community, and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.