Luxemburg-Casco working on state’s first high school diesel program

CASCO – Work started last week on the building that will allow high school students from three area districts to take college-level courses and earn a diploma in diesel mechanics, all without paying college tuition.

Ahnapee Diesel will be Wisconsin’s first high school program dedicated specifically to diesel mechanics instead of teaching some diesel within an automotive program, according to Dan Klecker of the Wisconsin Automobile & Truck Dealers Association in a press release from the Luxemburg-Casco School District.

Students work on a diesel engine in a class in the Diesel Heavy Equipment Technology program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College's campus in Sturgeon Bay. The Luxemburg-Casco School District is partnering with NWTC to offer high school students the chance to earn high school and college credits as well as a one-year technical diploma through its new Ahnapee Diesel program, the first such program for high schools in Wisconsin.

The program will be held in partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in the school district’s former middle school building in Casco, where demolition and construction is now underway to convert the school’s former art and wood shops and cafeteria into a diesel and fabrication lab with 1,000 square feet of of classroom space and 4,200 square feet of fabrication area. Classes are slated to begin at the start of the 2021-22 school year.

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