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Toyota Lift Northwest donates forklift to the Skagit Valley College diesel program

Toyota Lift Northwest, a forklift dealership from Kent, Wash. has donated a $30,000 8FBCU32 Electric Forklift with a 6500-pound load capacity and a 208 3-phase charger to the Skagit Valley College Diesel Power Technology program. 

This dealership’s generosity and dedication to partnering with colleges in the northwest region will allow students in the SVC program to study electric forklifts and grants them access to a new domain of mechanics beyond what was previously available. 

“This training opens new doors for students, paving the way for job opportunities that go beyond the traditional scope of diesel-focused education," said Aaron Klesick, instructor and department head of the SVC automotive technology program. "Thanks to the generous donation from Toyota Lift Northwest, diesel and automotive students have the opportunity to explore cutting-edge forklift technology and prepare to tackle the electric and hydraulic systems of the future.” 

About SVC’s Diesel Program 

SVC’s Diesel Power Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment in the automotive industry. Diagnosis and repair of heavy trucks, industrial and agricultural machinery, transit, marine, and generator power sets are some of the career pathways graduates can take upon concluding the program. There are currently 19 students studying Diesel Power Technology. 

About Toyota Lift Northwest 

Since 1967, Toyota Lift Northwest has been a trusted provider of superior material handling solutions in Western Washington and Oregon. With a strong reputation for exceptional customer service, the company received prestigious accolades in 2022, including the Sales Excellence, Service Excellence, and Parts Excellence awards. Additionally, Toyota Lift Northwest held the highest service market share nationwide last year. 

Find out more about the SVC Diesel Power Technology program by visiting 


Skagit Valley College is making a difference throughout Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties by providing access to higher education for all who seek a better future. Part of what makes our college special is that we are deeply committed to equity in access, achievement, and community. Whether you are training for a new job, beginning your college experience, finishing the degree you started, adding English language skills, or pursuing a high school credential, Skagit Valley College welcomes you. 

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