PRESS RELEASE: Waste Management Donates Trucks to South Seattle College’s Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology Program

SSC Diesel & Heavy Equipment Instructor Jeremie Pitts discussing the newly donated truck with students at South Seattle College (photo courtesy of Waste Management)
SSC Diesel & Heavy Equipment Instructor Jeremie Pitts discussing the newly donated truck with students at South Seattle College (photo courtesy of Waste Management)

June 3, 2019 

Waste Management has donated two used trucks to the Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology program at South Seattle College (SSC), creating new opportunity for students to learn the ins-and-outs of these high-tech vehicles in preparation for careers servicing large engines that power buses, trucks, construction equipment and ships.

“The trucks donated by Waste Management will have a significant impact on our program,” SSC Diesel & Heavy Equipment Instructor Jeremie Pitts said.  “They are perfect ‘all in one’ vehicles that can be used in each and every class we offer to students, as well as supporting our new Alternative Fuel class.”

Waste Management has released a new Seattle fleet of 91 vehicles powered by “gas from garbage,” and 10 electric support vehicles, allowing for the older generation truck donation to SSC. “The old trucks served the City of Seattle well for years,” said Jason Rose, area vice president of Waste Management-PNW/BC. “Now they will help students learn skills that are critically needed today in industrial settings across the city and the region.  This donation is another example of Waste Management working to be the best partner we can be for the City of Seattle.”

With the generous donation, students have expanded access to current electrical and electronic systems, automatic transmission assemblies and controls, compressed natural gas engine configurations, heavy system hydraulics and more to hone their skills.  

Learn more about the Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology program at South.

Note: For more information about this story, contact Ty Swenson, director of communications, South Seattle College.


About In-Kind Donations

Nonmonetary or “in-kind” gifts – such as equipment, software, machinery, vehicles, and tools – build skills and promote academic success. These gifts help our diverse academic and training programs keep pace with changing technology and equipment needs and provide innovative training opportunities to our students. If you are interested in making an in-kind gift to a program or college, please contact us to see if our programs are a good match.

About Waste Management

Waste Management is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America, providing services that range from collection and disposal to recycling and renewable energy generation. Learn more about Waste Management in Seattle.

About the Seattle Colleges Foundation 

The mission of the Seattle Colleges Foundation is to catalyze community support to advance the mission, work, and impact of Seattle Colleges with the vision of transforming lives, promoting equity, and increasing access to quality, affordable education. Learn more at

About Seattle Colleges

Seattle Colleges serves metropolitan Seattle and surrounding communities and is the largest community college district in Washington state. The district includes Seattle Central College on Capitol Hill, North Seattle College near Northgate, and South Seattle College in West Seattle, as well as six specialty training centers across the city: Seattle Vocational Institute and the Wood Technology Center in the Central District, the Health Education Center at Pacific Tower, the Seattle Maritime Academy in Ballard, the Georgetown campus, and NewHolly Learning Center on Beacon Hill. Learn more at