This program provides high school students with the chance to build valuable skills in a technical field with extraordinary career opportunities. It bridges the gap between high school and students' career endeavors. Dr. Rivers stated that "working with certified industry professionals will give our students a head start in the diesel field."
“Richland One’s diesel program at Heyward is honored to be the first and only Cummins Youth Technician Apprenticeship Program in the world,” said David Prigge, Heyward’s program consultant. “Cummins selected Heyward because it is the only NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) certified diesel program in South Carolina.” Students in Heyward’s Diesel Technology Program have already started taking classes to prepare and qualify themselves to participate in the Cummins Youth Apprentice Program.
Over the course of three school years, apprentices will spend approximately 600 contact hours in the classroom and 500 hands-on training hours at the Cummins Sales and Service Branch in Columbia with an assigned mentor. Students will learn how to rebuild and maintain Cummins diesel engines, which utilize the latest technology.