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Wood’s CRW Establishes Scholarship at Vermont Technical College

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Wood’s CRW Establishes Scholarship at
Vermont Technical College

Rod Dewyea

January 14, 2013 — Wood’s CRW, Vermont’s only full-line, locally owned construction equipment distributor, has established the Rod Dewyea Memorial/Wood’s CRW Scholarship to benefit students in Vermont Technical College’s Diesel Technology Program. The scholarship, to be awarded annually, honors Rod Dewyea’s 33 years of service to Wood’s CRW; he passed away from lung cancer in 2011.

Rod Dewyea was an exceptional heavy equipment service technician and a true professional,” said Chris Palmer, President of Wood’s CRW. “He was a mentor to many in our company and he was very well respected in his field. We wanted to keep his spirit and memory alive in our industry for his family, friends and colleagues.”

Wood’s CRW selected Vermont Tech for this honor because of its long history of hiring and working with graduates of the College. Bobby Wood, co-owner of Wood’s CRW, also serves on the advisory board of Vermont Tech’s Diesel Technology Program.

We feel that we need to take an active role in growing our work force for tomorrow,” said Palmer. “The technology that is used in the equipment we sell today is more complex than ever. The service technicians that we require for the future will need more than the typical high school-level technical training that was sufficient in the past.”

Vermont Tech’s Diesel Power Technology program provides training for technicians to service agricultural, earth-moving and heavy-duty truck equipment. Academically, the program emphasizes basic mechanical and electronics diagnostic and repair skill training and a blend of English, mathematics, physics, business and general education courses. The program prepares graduates for careers as general repair technicians, parts professionals, service advisors and service managers.

About Wood’s CRW Wood’s CRW, based in Williston, Vermont, is a construction equipment distributor representing Volvo Construction Equipment, and Link-Belt and National Cranes. In addition to being headquartered in Vermont, CRW has branch offices in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Syracuse, New York. In 2011, the company celebrated its 50th year in business.

About Vermont Technical College — Vermont Technical College is the only public institution of higher learning in Vermont whose mission is applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington and at six other nursing campuses located throughout the state. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledge workers need most by employers in the state and in the region.