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JX Truck Center-Bloomington donates engine to LLCC diesel technologies program

Press contact: Lynn Whalen

LLCC and JX Enterprises representatives stand next to a donated diesel engine.
Jeff Gardner, director, LLCC diesel technologies program; Nick Stafford, talent acquisition lead, JX Enterprises, Inc.; Jarried Knoll, service manager, JX Truck Center-Bloomington; and Josh Collins, assistant vice president, business relations, LLCC, with a Cummins ISX15 engine donated to LLCC as a teaching tool by JX Truck Center-Bloomington.

SPRINGFIELD — JX Truck Center-Bloomington has donated a Cummins ISX15 engine to Lincoln Land Community College for use in its new diesel technologies program.

The engine will serve as a hands-on teaching tool for students as they prepare for careers in the high-demand, high-wage diesel service industry. 
“JX Truck Center-Bloomington appreciates our strong relationship with LLCC in helping aspiring service technicians receive the education and training they need to serve the future needs of the industry,” said Jarried Knoll, service manager at JX Truck Center-Bloomington. “Skilled, well-trained technicians are essential to JX Enterprises’ dealer network and most importantly, its customers.”

LLCC diesel technologies program director Jeff Gardner said students will benefit from this donation. “The Cummins ISX engine donated by JX Truck Center represents the latest in diesel engine technology. Our students will benefit greatly from the hands-on experiences gained working on this engine.”

Nick Stafford, talent acquisition lead for JX Enterprises, Inc. commented, “Jeff Gardner has earned a reputation in the Midwest for graduating some of the best entry-level technicians for our industry. He knows how to teach and prepare students for high-paying jobs in this rewarding field. With Jeff's experience and guidance, I'm confident LLCC’s new diesel program will support the industry with quality service technicians for many years to come.”

LLCC’s Workforce Institute continues to make preparations to welcome students to the diesel technologies two-year associate degree program in fall of 2023. More information on the program is available by emailing Gardner or calling 217-786-2239.