As part of its ongoing partnership with community and technical colleges, Republic Services has sponsored a software training program for South Louisiana Community College’s Diesel Powered Equipment Technology program. The program is hosted at the college’s T. H. Harris campus in Opelousas, LA.
Republic’s sponsorship included two years of the ShopKey® software. The program provides solutions for estimating, diagnostic trouble code, and repair information for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Essentially, this software program contains actual service manuals used in industry where students can look up parts and procedures for various diesel operations on a truck. As opposed to paper service manuals, all information is updated continuously. Whereas bounded manuals become instantly outdated, students will have access to the most recent information at their fingertips - as well as work on a software system that is used as a standard in industry. This experience on the ShopKey® system will also make students more employable and will lessen the training time at the beginning of their employment.
Republic has also donated a diesel waste truck for hands-on training in 2015 and began an official Apprenticeship program with the college in 2016. The college has also distributed several Republic Services scholarships to diesel mechanic students at SLCC before converting to Republic’s new apprenticeship program earlier this year.
Photo caption: James Richard, general manager of Republic Services in Acadiana (fourth from left) visits South Louisiana Community College’s Diesel Powered Equipment Technology program to view its sponsorship of the ShopKey software. From left: Lana Fontenot, director of development for SLCC; Sam Harb, dean of workforce; Erika Milton, T. H. Harris campus director; James Richard; Aaron Lemoine, diesel power equipment technology instructor; and diesel students.