New Diesel Certificate available at the RCC New Kent Site

RCC Diesel

Prof. Steve Patt works with his Diesel class at the Rappahannock Community College New Kent Site.

In response to conversations with industry, Rappahannock Community College is proud to announce a new path to earn the knowledge and skills to become employed in the automotive industry — the new Diesel Mechanics Technology Certificate program.

This new certificate is designed to educate students in some of the same skills as our Diesel Mechanics Technology Career Studies Certificate, but with a twist.

Graduates of the new Diesel Mechanics Technology Certificate program will be equipped with some of the “soft skills” that are necessary for successful work at a medium to large-sized company.

“Due to industry input, we’ve added this new certificate to what we can offer,” says Prof. Steve Patt, lead instructor of RCC’s Diesel program.

“I’m excited about this program,” says Patt, who has over 35-years of experience in the industry, “because it will make our students even more hireable and promotable within the field.”

Patt meets regularly with companies who ask him for educational partnerships, and for qualified applicants to their job openings.

“Industry is always knocking on my door,” says Patt. “They say ‘Steve, have you got any more students you can send us?’”

Diesel Mechanics Technology classes are available at the RCC New Kent Site, which is located at the Historic New Kent High School building (11825 New Kent Highway). For more information about the program, please call 804-557-2959 or visit our website at