Bangor, Presque Isle, Calais - Community college students training to work on trucks and other heavy equipment now have a better way to prepare for jobs in their career field, thanks to a donation from a local oil delivery company.

The Dead River Company is giving 11 diesel trucks to The Foundation for Maine's Community Colleges, worth about $100,000.

Students at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle and Washington County Community College in Calais will all get to study them and work on them.

Dead River's CEO and Chairman Bob Moore says he hopes the hands-on experience the fully-loaded trucks provide will help students land jobs.

"The young people of Maine have got to find the kinds of education, not just a four year college degree but two year college degree and technical training, for the skills and the training that we've got to have to maintain employment base in Maine to keep people in Maine and keep jobs in Maine."

Three of the trucks were donated Thursday - the others will be given to the schools over the next four to five years.

Instructors say up until now, students have only had parts of trucks to work on, never an entire one.