Social Finance is partnering with American Diesel Training Centers (ADTC), a diesel mechanic training program that prepares learners for careers in the growing diesel tech industry, impact investors, and employers, on a Career Impact Bond. The project serves 550 learners who are unemployed or underemployed through a 300-hour training program via hands-on instruction and an online adaptive-learning platform in Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Kansas City, MO; and Tacoma, WA.

ADTC was founded in 2017 to address a nationwide diesel technician shortage and help American workers in low-wage jobs transition into sustainable careers. The program significantly cuts down the cost and time typically required for learners to become diesel technicians.

With this Career Impact Bond, employers are increasingly paying employee graduates’ monthly tuition payments, enabling participants to secure economic mobility at minimal personal cost.

Project Goals

Increase career training access: Expand access to industry-recognized training, mechanical tools, and wraparound support services so that people facing barriers to education and employment can build careers as diesel technicians.

Support measurable career advancement: Help learners develop the skills they need to pursue and achieve measurable career advancement in the diesel tech field.

Catalyze wider economic mobility: Take a strong step toward catalyzing economic mobility at scale by transforming education for people who face barriers to education and employment.

How It Works


Provide funding to expand ADTC's programming and cover students' tuition and tools.



Provides training, tools, and wraparound support services to students.



Repay tuition as flat-fee monthly payments if their annual salaries exceed $30,000.



May repay tuition costs for employee graduates.

The Learner Perspective

Video: Daniel Villalta, Career Impact Bond graduate and Penske Technician III

Project Partners


Project Supporters