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Tri-Tech students learn for the long-haul

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Students at Tri-Tech Skills Center are keeping up with some of the latest technology in the trucking industry.

Freightliner Trucks of Portland has donated one of its newer trucks to the school's diesel program.

Freightliner Product Manager Keith Harrington says under the hood the students will work with the latest in engine and emissions technology.

"It's a 2010 emissions level, which is the highest level to date the EPA requires on our trucks. So it gives them the opportunity to work on something that is very relevant to the industry of today."

The truck is worth nearly $100,000. Educators say Tri-Tech is one of only two skills centers in the state that has this truck in its auto mechanics program.