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SCTC Features Diesel Service Technician Program

Simpson County Technical Center is featuring its Diesel Service Technician program. In the Diesel Service Technician program, students gain experience in the day-to-day operations of a live diesel repair shop in conjunction with a systems-based classroom component. 

Through theory lectures, shop field trips, student-driven research, computer-based learning software and lab training, students spend time investigating each of the following diesel systems: engines, fuel injection, electrical systems, hydraulics, air brake systems, preventive maintenance, power tools, fasteners and equipment. Students learn diesel engine overhaul skills needed to enter the field as an agricultural, industrial and consumer products technician. Tractor trailer trucks and construction equipment maintenance are included in the program.

Students enrolled in the Diesel Service Technician program have the option of joining SkillsUSA, the student organization for career and technical students. Through SkillsUSA membership, students have the opportunity to showcase skills learned at various competitions at the district, state and national levels.

Alan Sanders, instructor, demonstrates to Diesel II students’ the maintenance of diesel engines. In a lab-based assignment, students are pictured rebuilding a diesel engine. is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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