Club Focus – Diesel Club
Open to anyone interested in diesel technology
Meets at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays
Technology Center Room 159
Diesel Club Facebook page
Students in the Centralia College Diesel Technology program are used to hard work. Not only do they have the academic requirements to complete the program, they spend countless hours working on a variety of machines in the diesel lab. But that doesn’t stop them from having one of the most active student clubs on campus and in the community.
“I couldn’t be more impressed with the caliber of students that come through our Diesel Technology program,” said Instructor Jake Fay. “These guys work so hard, and yet they still find time to give back to the community.”
The Diesel Club participates in wide range of community activities. The club has annual floats in the Lighted Tractor parade, and the Chehalis Santa Parade, both are crowd favorites. They are also involved with the Touch a Truck event for small children, giving them the chance to crawl through a semi-truck or on a large piece of construction equipment, and have sponsored field trips to tour the PACCAR engine testing facility at Freightliner Test Centers, and the Kenworth and Western Star assembly plants.
Though not their only fundraiser, the club holds a yearly firewood raffle, raising money for the club’s extra activities and field trips. Through these fundraisers over several years, the students have been donating half of the proceeds to create their own scholarship endowment with the Centralia College Foundation.
“Year after year, diesel students have gone above and beyond what’s expected,” said Fay. “With the guidance of the foundation, they have created a scholarship endowment that is now self-sustaining. Students past, present, and future are making the goal of achieving a degree in Diesel Technology a little bit easier for those students who come after them.”