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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

NFTA Metro donates bus to Alfred State College

John Dembik, center, with students 
The NFTA has recently donated a Metro bus to Alfred State College to help students take their heavy equipment: truck and diesel technician program to the next level of learning.  
The bus is a 30-foot-long 2004 Gillig model that includes a diesel-powered engine with Tier 4 emissions, and multiplex communication between the vehicle and computer systems. The bus is also equipped with a Voith Automatic Transmission, which is considered the “Cadillac” of bus transmissions, according to Automotive Trades Department Chair Eric Wilmot.
NFTA's John Dembik, who is a member of Alfred State’s heavy equipment: truck and diesel program’s advisory board, had been looking to make the donation happen for the past three years, and is very pleased to see it come to fruition.

“Providing an operable hands-on training aid to Alfred State College’s heavy equipment truck and diesel technician program allows the students to get familiar with a transit bus and the operation/diagnostics of their subsystems.  The donation, will provide years of education to Alfred State’s students, and help remove some apprehension about working on a bus, whether it be a 30-foot, 40-foot, or 60-foot articulated transit bus," said John Dembik.
With the support of the NFTA and having a (physical) bus as part of their program, students at Alfred State will have the ability to further enhance their applied learning experiences and ultimately have more robust job opportunities early on in their careers.