PowerSport Institute Announces February’s Student of the Month

Congratulations go to Pete Pentito VTT-20 for being named OTC/PSI’s February student of the month. The student of the month award is determined by a student’s work in the classroom and lab. Student of the month is also is determined by attendance, professional appearance, and attitude.

Pete received the award due to his excellent work ethic, attendance, and overall GPA. Pete has earned an overall GPA of 98.6% since starting school over a year ago. Other than one week during which he had the only absence he has had since starting over a year ago, in addition, Pentito has had straight 100’s in the professionalism category. Instructors say that Pete “works hard and stays focused”, “not only is on time but early every day”, “uses manuals and asks good questions” and “one of the best students I’ve ever had”.

On a personal note, Pentito is also a proud father raising two children. Pete Pentito is a great example of a student of Ohio Technical College’s PowerSport (PSI) program.

Ohio Technical College announces February 2017 Student of the Month

Kaitlyn Prater is awarded Ohio Technical College’s Student of Month for February 2017. Kaitlyn Prater is an automotive student.  Prater has been in the spotlight lately as the first female and only the 5th student to make it in the All 100% Club the electrical department started eight years ago to help encourage students to master the electrical module. Prater started her OTC training in September and in five months has already captured the coveted Student of the Month honor due to her enthusiasm and passion for the industry in which she is in training. Her record card is filled with positive comments from her instructors who praise her attitude and eagerness to learn. She is on campus almost every Friday either in the Automotive department or shadowing our BMW STEP students. She is eager to learn and test herself and doesn’t back down from a challenge. Prater comes to OTC from the Medina County Career Center, Medina, OH and is also a Skills USA National scholarship winner. She helped proctor the regional Skills USA competition at OTC this year for the Automotive department. Congratulations to Kaitlyn Prater for her accomplishment and OTC’s first 2017 female student of the month.


Ohio Technical College Welcomes New Technical Training Director

Ohio Technical College Welcomes New Technical Training Director to Eastern Campus

Bob DiFranco is a sales and marketing professional who worked more than 20 years for PepsiCo as a Regional Sales Leader and Strategic Account Manager. Most recently, Bob worked as a Market Segment Leader for Wiseco’s Snowmobile, VTwin and Marine product lines and as Sales Manager for Performance Motorsports International’s U.S. Powersports business. He also managed PMI’s OEM Powersports business relationships.

Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree focused on Advertising, Marketing, Sales and Finance from Ohio University. He has attended Mid-Ohio’s Sports Car driving classes, has experience operating commercial vehicles and holds a Class A CDL and Motorcycle Operators License.
Bob places the highest priority on creating exciting and positive work environments that promote development of people as well as growing strong customer partnerships. He enjoys the customer side of business and developing long-term relationships. He worked with a team of employees and aftermarket companies to build a bike featured in a two-issue technical article in Iron Works magazine.

Bob joins the Ohio Technical College as Eastern Campus Technical Training Director bringing his love of Powersports and Automotive racing.




Bowling Night OTC Style

Over 100 of Ohio Technical College students from the Main & Eastern (PSI) campuses to enjoy a night of bowling.  A special thanks to Wickliffe Lanes in Wickliffe, Ohio for hosting OTC Bowling Night. Students not only shared in bowling fun, socializing, but also devoured 17 sheet pizzas. Everyone enjoyed endless free soda compliments of Collegiate Housing and Ohio Technical College Student Student Services. Bowling night has been a student favorite and is one of the highest attended off campus events. 

11 OTC Auto-Diesel Students Pass the Universal Certification

Ohio Technical College congratulates eleven students in Auto-Diesel class 275 for not only passing their MACS 609 certification test, but also passing their EPA 608 certification test with the highest possible level of certification – Universal Certification. Universal status means they are certified on all three levels and can work on very small to very large units that contain refrigerant. This Auto Diesel class is not new to success. Many of the students in this class have multiple ASE’s and seven are OTC Student Leaders. There will be many individual stand outs from this class alone when they graduate in February 2017.

For any student to achieve Universal level of certification they must pass three individual level tests. Level 1 is for small appliances that contain 5 pounds or less of refrigerant, such as refrigerators, water coolers, window air conditioners etc. Level 2 is for medium, high and very high pressure appliances which are installed on site refrigeration units that must be charged with refrigerant to work – like, they reach in and walk in coolers and freezers, split system air conditioning units, and roof top A/C units. What is especially important to these students is Type 2 Certification is required to service Transport Refrigeration Units – the units that cool down or freeze products that are transported in refrigerated trailers. Level 3 is for low pressure appliances. These units are large chillier air conditioning units that cool water down that is used in the air conditioning units of large buildings, arenas and stadiums.


William Jones is Ohio Technical College’s October 2016 Student Of The Month

Ohio Technical College is proud to announce our October Student of the Month. It is a fitting honor as we approach Veteran’s Day as this student served nine years in the US Army. William (Kirk) Jones is in his 11th month of Welding training and will graduate in December. He will have a short reprieve before starting up OTC’s 18-month Complete Automotive Technology Program in January. From his first day of training Jones has been the first to step forward when asked to volunteer and sets a positive example to his classmates. He is dedicated 100% of his energy to learning and improving his welding technique. The father of two young children works part-time on campus as a tour guide and curriculum assistant while maintaining 90% or higher on quarterly GPA’s.

Congratulations Kirk!

Ohio Technical College is Now a EGSA Member

Ohio Technical College is pleased to now be a member of the Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA).

EGSA is the world’s largest organization exclusively dedicated to On-Site Power Generation. The Association is comprised of over 750 companies—Manufacturers, Distributor/Dealers, Contractors/Integrators, Manufacturer’s Representatives, Consulting & Specifying Engineers, Service firms, End-Users and others—throughout the U.S. and around the world that make, sell, distribute and use On-Site Power generation technology and equipment, including generators, engines, switchgear, controls, voltage regulators, governors and much more. Being a member of EGSA will aid Ohio Technical College in the continuation in providing our students with the industry knowledge and resources to make them succeed.

OTC’s Advanced Generator Power Systems Training Program is a 12-academic week, 300 clock hour program was designed for the technician desiring to obtain one of the highest levels of training in the diesel equipment industry and with an eye on a career with worldwide demand. Enrollment status for this program requires successful completion of OTC’s Auto-Diesel Technology or Diesel Equipment Technology program. Graduates of the Generator Power Systems program have secured careers with companies such as Cummins, Detroit Diesel and Caterpillar, as well as with hospitals, cruise ship companies, oil drillers and refiners, and the government.

Ohio Technical College on EGSA Member Directory

OTC Student Earns 8th ASE Automotive Certification

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!

Ohio Technical College’s Nathan Hunt Is Named June 2016 Student of the Month

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.

Congratulations Nathan!

Ohio Technical College Congratulates David Cantu as May 2016 Student Of The Month

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.