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Riverland Automotive-Industrial Machining Students Receive Scholarships
Contact: Amy Wangen, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Riverland Community College: (507) 433-0341, (507) 279-3575 mobile phone,

The Engine Rebuilders Educational Foundation (EREF) has awarded three $1,000 scholarships to students enrolled in the Riverland Community College Automotive-Industrial Machining (engine rebuilding) program. Rick Byrnes, Decorah; Danny Rigsby, Austin; Shannon Wilde, Austin; will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used in the 2004-05 academic year.

The purpose of EREF is to establish scholarships and provide grants to assist those who desire training in the field of engine rebuilding. The scholarships and grants increase the number of qualified machinists entering the industry, provide continuing education opportunities for current machine shop employees, raise the level of professionalism throughout the industry and promote machining as a viable rewarding career choice to students.

Scholarships recipients are evaluated on their academic and work experience, leadership, professionalism, teamwork and initiative-taking qualities.

Riverland Community College’s Automotive-Industrial Machine Technology (AIMT) program provides the opportunity for those wishing to specialize in the engine rebuilding/machining field. Hands-on-training covers operations such as cylinder head rebuilding, cylinder head resurfacing, valve guide and seat installation, cylinder reboring, crankshaft grinding, crack repair, flywheel resurfacing, brake drum/rotor resurfacing, engine balancing and complete engine rebuilding.

People seeking a career in the automotive - industrial machining area should be mechanically inclined, have good reading and math skills and enjoy working on cars and trucks. High school training in auto mechanics, small engines, ag mechanics, welding, or machining technology would be advantageous, but the most important qualification may be the desire to succeed in this highly-skilled area.

The AIMT program has four options. The Cylinder Head Specialist and Cylinder Block Specialist Certificates are both designed to be short-term training options for specific employment needs. The Automotive-Industrial Machinist Diploma program is for all students interested in a career as an Engine Rebuilder. The Associate in Applied Science degree option is available for students seeking a two-year transferable degree.

Riverland Community College, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, is a two-year comprehensive technical and community college offering more than 4,000 students a wide range of student-centered educational opportunities to enhance personal growth and community vitality. Facilities are located in Albert Lea, Austin, and Owatonna, Minn. Riverland may also be found on the Internet at

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System comprises 32 state universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 240,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 130,000 students in non-credit courses.