Wallace State announces partnership with Kubota Tractor Corporation

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Kubota tractors and other heavy equipment were on display for the announcement at Wallace State Community College Thursday morning. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Wallace State Community College (WSCC) on Thursday announced a new partnership with the Kubota Tractor Corporation. 

According to a WSCC press release: Wallace State’s Diesel Technology program is partnering with the Kubota Tractor Corporation to offer exclusive Kubota skills training at the college. Wallace State will become the first college in the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) and the third in the United States to offer Kubota certifications.

Kubota, with headquarters in Grapevine, Texas, is a leader in construction and agricultural equipment. 

WSCC President Dr. Vicki Karolewics told the assembled crowd of faculty and staff, students, Kubota representatives and dealers and others, “I think any of you who are local know that the governor talks about workforce and education all the time.  She’s just released a workforce and educational attainment plan that is designed to increase the labor force participation in the state of Alabama to a national average by 2025.

“That’s going to be a lot of heavy lifting, but key to that plan is creating credentials of currency that have value in the marketplace.  That might not be a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree, but is a credential that has some currency to people just like you who employ folks in skilled positions that keep your customer base happy, and you have a talent pipeline that is always well-developed.

“So for today, I am especially pleased that we are here for the announcement of this Kubota partnership.  Partnerships like this in the state of Alabama and the southeastern region, across the nation, are game changers in the way that we keep the talent pipeline developed for the communities that we serve.  And so, we are especially pleased to have been chosen by Kubota for this important partnership.”

The program will come under WSCC’s Applied Technologies Diesel Technology program and instructor Jeremy Smith.  According to information supplied by Kubota, students will be certified in:

  • Pre-delivery inspection and assembly, including add-on procedures for additional equipment
  • Routine maintenance, including oil, lubrication, and cooling and hydraulic systems
  • Engine service, including fuel, exhaust, and intake systems, as well as engine and component diagnosis
  • Electrical service, including circuits, wiring, diagnostic procedures, and safety
  • Preventative maintenance inspections
  • Hydraulic service, including removal, installation, and diagnosis

Students will do hands-on training through the course of the program on the Kubota B26TLB tractor, ZD1021 mower and RTV-X1140 side-by-side.

For more information on the Kubota Tech program, contact the WSCC Diesel Technology office at 256-352-8063, or visit www.wallacestate.edu/programs/technical-division/diesel-mechanics

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