A summer visit by Union Pacific employees to the Gary Job Corps Center in San Marcos, Texas, recently turned into a win-win situation with an equipment donation benefiting current students – and future railroaders.
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After checking out the training program, Byron Hoogland, general director-Mechanical Maintenance, and Ken Kuwamura, manager-Talent Acquisition, came back to the railroad on a mission.
“We found the center could use additional training aids, including a set of rail car trucks, to closely examine the individual components,” Hoogland said. “This will complement other training equipment they already have in place.”
Thanks to Mechanical’s Casey Dyer, director-Freight Car Planning and Operations; Shawn Barrett, manager-Mechanical Maintenance; and Mark Sellers, manager-Mechanical Maintenance, a complete truck set was identified and delivered to the program earlier this month.
“This was fantastic work by the team,” Hoogland said. “We’re excited to support the community while also building the railroad’s talent pipeline.”
The Gary Job Corps Center’s TCU/IAM advanced transportation training program offers vocational training for a variety of jobs in the transportation industry, including freight rail.