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RDO Lakeside Takes Part in Industry, University Partnership for Hands-on Equipment Lab

12 May 2022

Students from San Diego State University recently had the opportunity to get acquainted with construction equipment in a hands-on lab hosted at the RDO Equipment Co. store in Lakeside, CA.

The lab was a partnership between SDSU, AGC of San Diego, Marathon Construction, and RDO. The outing featured simulator training at the AGC facility adjacent to the RDO store, followed by the hands-on portion, including discussions about equipment and operator safety, at the store.

The students are part of SDSU’s civil engineering program, where an understanding of equipment used to fulfill their designs is part of the curriculum.

Lakeside General Manager Adam Whitford said the lab was a great opportunity to provide students who will soon be a part of the construction workforce well-rounded education on the industry. Even more, he noted the elements of partnership that made the lab a reality.

“This was a great example of how it takes everyone partnering together to shape our future workforce,” he said. “Marathon Construction, SDSU, AGC, and RDO all played a role in providing this valuable hands-on experience for the next generation of community members here in our market who are learning and working toward making an impact.”

Follow-up feedback showed the event was indeed valuable. SDSU Professor Nensi Lakrori noted that “the students unanimously chose this as their absolute favorite lab of the entire semester.” 

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