Clark College’s Diesel Dogs tackle community projects

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Central Park — In 2010, diesel technology students at Clark College in Vancouver formed a student club, the Diesel Dogs. The purpose of the club is to give students additional learning opportunities and to participate in community service projects.

photoThe Clark College Diesel Dogs.

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The club, with around 25 members, has partnered with the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Adopt-a-Highway program to clean a two-mile section of state Highway 14 every term. The group also helps Camas’ Nutter Corp. in the spring with Dozer Day, a heavy-equipment fair for kids.

Club members are concerned the diesel program at Clark will become a victim of upcoming vocational budget cuts at the college. “Many students and instructors are invested into this program and into this club,” said Jesseca Clark, a diesel technology student. “It would be a sad loss in the community if the pending program cuts go into effect.”