Wallace State Community College has unveiled a new online option called Diesel by Distance, which will give students the flexibility to learn the course objectives and theory online.
“Our Diesel by Distance will be among the most flexible diesel technology programs available,” said Jeremy Smith, program chair and instructor. “This will allow students from all over Alabama, the United States and the world to enroll in diesel technology courses with an online theory format. We’ll be able to provide sessions with live feedback and to train using all the technological advances we’re given.”
The program relies heavily on the work-based learning experience in partnership with an employer of diesel technicians. While enrolled in the program, students must be employed and engaged in work-based learning through an industry recognized or registered apprenticeship program in partnership with a participating company.
Students enrolled can earn an associate in applied science in the field or pursue multiple certificates, including those in preventative maintenance, diesel engine specialist, transportation trailer technology and heavy utility vehicle specialist. The program also offers Kubota technician curriculum and certifications and is a National Coalition Certification Center.
“While this online learning was already in the works, the COVID-19 pandemic definitely sped the process up and opened my eyes to the best online practices for our students,” said Smith.
Founded in 1966, Wallace State has its main campus in Hanceville and a satellite campus in Oneonta. It currently serves more than 7,000 students each semester and offers more than 50 degree, certificate and transfer opportunities. It has articulation agreements with Athens State University, the University of Alabama, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Auburn University and Troy University.