THE ICC CONNECTION
As for the cream of the crop at the Skillsusa competition, Illinois Central College (ICC) sends the best of the best from its Diesel Powered Equipment Technology and Caterpillar Dealer
Service Technology programs. The latter program was developed as a joint venture between Caterpillar and ICC, and the two-year program is designed to train students to become entry-level Caterpillar dealer service technicians upon graduation. While enrolled in the program, students are able to serve four 8-week paid internships at their sponsoring Caterpillar dealership, accumulating invaluable on-the-job training in the process. That’s right, they pay you to go to school—and you get a dollar per hour raise each time a new 8-week internship begins. Started in 1998, the goal of the program was to meet the expanding need for heavy equipment technicians, and that still remains true today. The world needs diesel technicians in a bad way. If you’re ready to get on the fast-track to a rewarding career, check it out for yourself at icc.edu.