LBCC and Snap-on Expand Partnership

Linn-Benton Community College and Snap-on Incorporated have expanded a long-standing partnership that will deepen Snap-on Tools’ support of automotive technology students and expand regional transportation training opportunities at LBCC’s Advanced Transportation Technology Center.

Snap-on, a leading manufacturer and supplier of professional grade tools and diagnostic equipment, will provide its equipment and training support to the college and LBCC students through this expanded partnership agreement.

In addition, LBCC will serve as a regional train-the-trainer center, providing training for schools and employers throughout the country to certify trainers in the areas of auto transportation, aviation, energy and manufacturing.

LBCC also will become a Snap-on Certification Center for wheel service, mechanical and electronic torque, electric measurement multi-meter, diesel scan tool, and tool control and asset management.

“This partnership makes it possible for the college to equip its new facilities with the industry’s best equipment,” said Bryan Schiedler, LBCC ATTC project manager and Transportation Technologies department chair. “It also allows our students to have the latest and most advanced training for the transportation industry. Our students will leave the program owning built-to-last equipment that will let them start their careers as soon as they graduate and advance quickly.”

LBCC opened the Advanced Transportation Technology Center in September. The ATTC extends the college’s automotive and diesel technology programs into the emerging realm of alternative fuel vehicles.

Although the technology for alternative fuel vehicles is already commercially available, the infrastructure to fuel these vehicles and the mechanics to maintain and repair them are not readily available. LBCC’s automotive center is a major step in addressing both issues locally.

“Snap-on is extremely proud to expand our partnership with LBCC,” said Snap-on Education Business Development Manager John Gamble. “The ATTC demonstrates the college’s exceptional creativity, innovation and a commitment to rapid improvement, all of which are cornerstone initiatives for Snap-on as well.”

In 2011, LBCC became the first college in Oregon to serve as a Snap-on Certification Center. That agreement provided students with the coursework and assessment to receive certificates in multi-meters, undercar tire and wheel service, diagnostics, and shop management. The expanded agreement moves LBCC to the next level with Snap-on as a regional train-the-trainer center.

Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics and repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks.

Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as customers in industries including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education.

Snap-on also derives income from various financing programs to facilitate the sales of its products. Products and services are sold through the company's franchisee, company-direct, distributor and Internet channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2.9 billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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