As we move into July, The AED Foundation (AEDF) is switching focus for its brand awareness campaign to a new topic: recognized high school programs! Throughout the month, AEDF will be focusing on the critical role that recognized high schools play in bringing qualified technicians into the industry and addressing the workforce shortage. This relates to the Foundation’s Vision 2025 goal, which includes 50 recognized high school programs. Recognized high schools help students become highly educated as they transfer into an AEDF accredited college program, offering a strong background for them as they become future technicians. Students who graduate from an AEDF recognized high school and college go through a rigorous training process, ensuring that they are a top tier applicant upon graduation.
The AED Foundation currently has six recognized high school programs, including:
- Anne Arundel County Public Schools Center of Applied Technology: Diesel Power Technology Program
- Canyons School District, Canyons Technical Education Center: Diesel Technology Program
- Berks Career and Technology Center: Heavy Equipment Technology Program
- JATC-North Jordan School District – West Jordan High School: Diesel Technology Program
- Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center
- Kent Career Technical Center; Kent Immediate School District: Diesel Equipment & Technology Program
These high schools have made efforts to meet all AEDF’s standards to enable their students to have a bright future as AEDF certified technicians.
The Foundation’s goal to recognize 50 high school programs by 2025 will offer substantial benefits for students, schools and dealers. Students enrolled at an AEDF recognized high school could attend an accredited college program once they graduate, which is closely partnered with a nearby dealership, facilitating a space for dealers to oversee that the instruction meets their individual needs. In addition, students enrolled in The AED Foundation’s recognized high school programs can apply for a CAT Foundation scholarship for their education at an AEDF accredited college program.
By recognizing more high school programs, the Foundation is adding more highly skilled technicians to the workforce. AEDF hopes to make these recognized programs widely available to provide more opportunities for young people interested in a rewarding career in the equipment industry. To learn more about the Foundation’s recognized high school programs, view the Vision 2025 Brochure.