When the Keyano College Foundation launched the Equipped for the Future campaign in late 2009, there was no telling how successful it would become. Less than two years later, the unique equipment-raising initiative has garnered tremendous support from local companies.
The most recent donation – a three year waived-lease of a 2006 Western Star 50 ton picker truck by Premay Equipment LP, brings the total value of equipment loans and gift in kind donations to over $2.2 million. The picker truck is the latest significant equipment donation through Equipped for the Future to inspire new training initiatives at Keyano College.
Glenn van’t Wout, Dean of Trades, says that this donation enhances the ability of Keyano College to deliver the Boom Truck Program as part of its existing collaboration with Northern Lakes College. He applauds Premay Equipment’s support.
“The advanced technology on this truck allows us to offer a larger field of training opportunities to industry that would be impossible without the generosity of Premay Equipment,” said van’t Wout.
Dr. Kevin Nagel, President & CEO, Keyano College is not surprised by the success of Equipped for the Future as he sees it as a prime example of how Keyano remains attuned to the needs of local industry.
“I would like to thank Brent Harris and Premay Equipment for helping to establish new training opportunities here at Keyano,” said Nagel.
“This donation proves that Equipped for the Future is much more than an equipment-raising initiative, it’s also a testament to our willingness and ability to respond to the needs of local industry.”
Brent Harris, President, Premay Equipment LP, a longtime supporter of Keyano, believes in the value that Keyano College adds to the regional economy.
“Keyano is training the next generation of operators with an emphasis on safety – that is beneficial to everyone,” said Harris.
“Premay sees great value in this partnership because industry needs graduates who not only meet safety requirements but who are comfortable using the latest technology.”
Cindy Amerongen, Vice President, External Relations, Keyano College believes it is important to celebrate Equipped for the Future’s incredible success.
“When we launched Equipped for the Future, we asked companies to provide the use of idle equipment to fill some of our training gaps; we didn’t imagine it would grow to this point,” said Amerongen.
“We’ve replaced some of our fleet with more modern machines. More importantly this initiative has helped Keyano to build training partnerships that ultimately benefit the entire region.”
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