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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Marine Engine Technician Program at Cape Fear Community College just got a leg up on the competition.

The program got two 6,000-pound boat engines today for students to break down and rebuild.

Billy Jack Croson says after he was laid off he decided to head back to school so he can better compete with younger potential employees. He says donations like this help him learn the biggest and best technology available.

“It’s the latest and greatest engines that are out there, so having the opportunity to work on what’s in the field instead of stuff that’s 10 years old, coming out, not knowing what I’m doing, I’m working on the stuff that’s in the boats now. When I graduate I will be able to walk into a shop and be able to work on these engines right away,” Croson said.

Gregory Poole and Caterpillar hope the two donated engines, worth about $140,000, do just that. A spokesman for Gregory Poole says there is a drastic need for knowledgeable technicians, and that the program at CFCC is helping prepare students for a promising future.

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