Simplot Donates to UBTech

As UBTech continues to bring opportunities of employment and education into the Basin the support of local companies grows as well. Recently, Simplot Phosphates has donated a 1999 Wilson CF900 48-foot flatbed to the Heavy Duty Diesel program. The trailer is no longer used and needs repairs to the ABS braking system and hydraulics. Simplot hopes that it can give students hands-on experience in repairs. “There’s a big need and we have trouble filling the ranks with qualified heavy duty diesel technicians,” says Ty Clines, Simplot Maintenance Manager. “It’s an extremely low percentage of diesel graduates who go into mining statewide.” Not only did Simplot donate a trailer, they have collaborated to offer one externship through a pilot program. Nine students of the Heavy Duty Diesel applied  for a three month hands-on training position at Simplot. Following that is three months of hands-on tutoring at Wheeler Machinery. There is a possibility that the externship program can be expanded to allow three or four more students in the future. Also there is a chance that it can turn into a full-time job with Simplot.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.