Skill - Tim Spurlock - President of American Diesel Training Centers

Tim Spurlock is the Co-Founder and President of American Diesel Training Centers in Columbus, Ohio. ADTC is a mechanic academy that trains students from any background to become diesel engine mechanics in 12 weeks.

Most skill academies today focus on teaching software development skills. However, not every student is interested in learning how to code. That's OK, because as it turns out, if you like to work with your hands, there is no shortage of great jobs across America.

On today's episode of the Skill Podcast, Micah shares a conversation with Tim Spurlock, Co-Founder of American Diesel Training Centers in Columbus, Ohio. ADTC is a mechanic academy that trains students from any background to become diesel engine mechanics in 12 weeks.

Throughout this conversation, Tim and Micah cover the following topics:

  • The founding story of ADTC
  • Why aren't Community Colleges serving the market need for diesel mechanics?
  • Why aren't employers training people for these roles?
  • How ADTC designs its training to serve employer needs
  • The difference in completion rates for hands on vs. classroom training
  • The problem with overtraining students in traditional higher education
  • How ADTC recruits "impossible to find" students to train for these jobs using social media
  • The importance of ISAs for ADTC's programs
  • What the future has in store for ADTC

Links:

You can connect with Tim Spurlock on LinkedIn

You can connect with Micah at micah "at" meritmark.co OR on Twitter @MicahMerrick

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This episode of Skill is a production of Skill FM.