Congratulations to OTC Automotive student William Gath who has successfully passed his 8th ASE Automotive certification test achieving Master status! Since the inception of the ASE student lead workshops a little over a year ago there has been a visible uptick on campus in the number of students taking their ASE certification tests – and passing them. ASE’s are recognized by the transportation industry as the foundation of the skill level of their technicians.
ASE’s usually mean a better rate of pay as well as other perks for the individual technician who has them. Of course, it is overall productivity and the accuracy of completed jobs that make a complete package. Students receive one year of credit for attending OTC towards their two-year requirement of field experience to become Master certified. Gath took the L1 and missed passing by two questions. He plans on taking it again before his February graduation. If both Gath and Marques achieve their individual goals by graduation they will collectively hold 27 ASE’s!
OTC congratulates our current Student of the Month for June 2016 – Nathan Hunt. Hunt is our second International student to reach this level of recognition for his grades, attendance and overall professionalism. Hunt did not let distance be a factor in getting the education he wanted. Hunt is from Zimbabwe, South Africa and he made the commitment to cone to the US and Ohio Technical College to learn Diesel Equipment and Power Generators. The trip home is over 24 hours by plane. His commitment to his education extends to his attendance, only missing one day in the 16 months he’s been a student here. His dedication to attendance shows in his 4 honor rolls with 90% or higher GPA’s. He hopes to continue into Power Generation once his Diesel training is complete in September. An interesting note in the comments made by his instructors is that Hunt always chooses a seat in the front of the class. As Student of the Month Hunt receives $100 Matco Tools gift card, $50 in cash, $50 to the OTC bookstore, and an OTC jacket.
OTC congratulates David Cantu AT-232 as our newest Student of the Month. Cantu is graduating from our Complete Automotive program in two weeks and has been an outstanding student since he arrived on campus 18 month ago. He has been nominated for Student of the Month twice prior to his selection for May 2016. Cantu has maintained Honor Roll status for 6 quarters with 90% of higher GPA on test scores and lab performance. He has only left campus early twice due to necessary appointments. He will represent the Automotive program on the June yearbook as success has a face and it is reflected in David Cantu. He is a veteran of both the US Army and Marines. He is active in OTC’s Student Leadership Council and sets a great example to students in and out of his program. After graduation he plans on returning to North Carolina and starting his Automotive career.
Ohio Technical College’s Classic Car Restoration student Vincent Quagliariello AR-27 is the new Student of the Month for April! This is the second month in a row that a restoration student has received this honor. Quagliariello came to OTC after twenty-three years in the US Air Force. His life experience and maturity make him a natural leader in the classroom and a mentor and role model to his younger classmates. He is also part of OTC’s Student Leadership team and regularly volunteers to help during on-campus events. Quagliariello has not missed a single day of training and maintains a 94.60% GPA which is difficult to achieve in restoration due to the wide diversity of technical training. Congratulations Vince!
The PowerSport Institute congratulates American V-Twin student Joseph Mackin for being selected as Student of the Month. Mackin is originally from Coxs Creek, KY. He started his training at PSI after finishing his military service. Mackin is in the 18 month V-Twin program that allows for not only the technical training but also the option to earn an Associate’s Degree. According to his instructors Mackin is very enthusiastic about learning. He works hard and always has good questions. Pair that with a great attitude and his instructors agree he is a pleasure to have in class and is an excellent student. These traits along with many other positive ones make Mackin a student – and soon to be June graduate –a great fit in any shop or dealership. Mackin currently has a Perfect Attendance record and excellent grades with an overall GPA of 96.9% and that makes him very noticeable as having the kind of achievements and attitude that represents the PSI brand.
Ohio Technical College Auto-Diesel student Derek Meadows AD-269 is planning a major relocation in July. Meadows who is a USMC veteran of four years knows what it’s like to move around, but even he admits this transfer will take a period of adjustment. Iceland is similar to Alaska in that the summer months the sun doesn’t completely set. You also have the flip side during the winter when during the winter months you may only have four hours of daylight. Meadows is heading to Iceland to work for Teitur – it is a motocoach tour company out of Kopavogi. “Companies over there are desperate for skilled and qualified diesel technicians,” says Meadows. “I was actually offered slightly more money to work for the Mercedes dealer there, but I wanted to work on bigger equipment.” Meadows was a diesel technical in the Marines, and now can add his OTC Auto-Diesel training to his growing list of in-demand skill sets. “Tourism is year round in Iceland, and the tour buses I will be working on need to be maintained for the heavy daily passenger loads,” he said.
Ohio Technical College welcomes new BMW STEP instructor Patrick Healy. Healy is originally from County Clare, Ireland and brings with him 30 years of experience working on European automobiles. For the past 10 years Healy has owned and operated his own shop but felt it was time for a change and thought sharing his knowledge with a new generation of technicians was a good course of action to take. Healy knows these vehicles are difficult to master and knows students will be well-challenged when it comes to diagnostics.
Team PSI rider Julia Krzemien guaranteed her spot in the Regional Championships this past weekend.
Last Saturday at Tomahawk MX in West Virginia was the northeast area qualifier for the Loretta Lynn National Championship in Tennessee and the first race of the 2016 season on the PSI sponsored KTM.
Julia managed to get 3 out of 4 hole shots for the day. In the Women’s 16+ class Julia unfortunately got caught up in a crash, but, she worked her way up to 3rd place in the first moto which gave her a 2nd overall. In the 14 + class Julia’s 3rd and 2nd place finishes were good for a 2nd overall. The second moto of this class was an awesome battle as Julia and another female racer went back and forth the entire race and Julia believes it helped both of them to push each other to the limit.
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OTC congratulates High Performance & Racing student Levi Brenza HP-13 as the February Student of the Month. Brenza is the second High Performance student in a row to earn student of the month honors. Brenza came to OTC from Edgewood, New Mexico. He is slated to graduate this month from his 18 month program and hopes to land a permanent position on the Pratt-Miller Race Team. He has been an outstanding student making honor roll for all six quarters and not missing a single day of his training. Pratt-Miller Racing has taken a serious interest in Brenza and even flying him to weekend races to be part of their crew. Brenza has volunteered for other race events and never misses an opportunity to help out a classmate. As student of the month Brenza receives $100 Matco Tool voucher, $50 cash, $50 OTC bookstore voucher, and an OTC jacket.
Congratulations to the following OTC students who will be participating in The Great Race this summer. John Nyerghes CR152 along with Eric Misenis will be the drivers , Austin Arndt CR147 and Savanah Waddington CR152 will be navigators, Chris Breon AR26 will be mechanical support. The Great Race kicks off June 14th in San Rafael, California and ends on June 27th in Moline, Illinois. This is OTC’s first entry into The Great Race and these five students have been hand-picked to participate and represent the college.