Six colleges across the U.S. are due to receive either a 2005 or 2006 commercial vehicle from Hino Trucks to provide apprentices and students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with engines and other components, allowing them to learn the latest on-board diagnostic technology.

Hino said the trucks – ranging from a 14,050 lb. GVW Model 145 light-duty truck to a 33,000 lb. GVW Model 338 medium-duty unit – are being donated to help boost diesel technician programs at six schools: Washington State Community College in Marietta, Ohio; Rancho Santiago Community College in Santa Ana, California; Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois; Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan; and Universal Technical Institute in Norwood, Massachusetts.

“We are pleased to make this donation to enhance innovative educational leadership at these institutions,” said Ryan Hitsman, Hino’s manager of human resources for Hino Trucks. “We are supporting programs that provide students with knowledge and experience that prepares them to work on diesel trucks as well as new technologies that are important to the environment and current needs of the industry.”