Diesel students paintingDiesel technology students are learning a new set of skills and a Salina man serving in Kuwait is getting his house painted this week.

“We are chipping off the old paint and putting on primer. We will possibly help paint it,” Chris Wiegand said Tuesday afternoon. He’s in his second year in the diesel technology program at Salina Area Technical College.

Wiegand was among about 40 members of Skills USA scraping and painting Tuesday afternoon at the home of William and Kim Cookson. William is serving in Kuwait.

Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Students were donating their time and skills to fix up the Cookson home.

“It seems like a skill that’s easy to catch on to,” Wiegand said about the scraping and painting. “I know professionally it’s not the easiest thing to do.”

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