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.
OTC congratulates High Performance & Racing student Kourtney Peters HP-13 as our Student of the Month! Peters is a 2010 graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School, Waterford, PA. She started her academic career at a university studying accounting. “I used to help my mom with my dad’s business. I liked my high school business classes, so I thought accounting would be something I liked. I didn’t like it. I was miserable,” says Peters. At that time her brother was a student in OTC’s High Performance & Racing program and her father is an OTC Diesel graduate. “I obviously knew of the college, but it wasn’t until my brother encouraged me to come and visit the campus that I gave any serious thought to this industry as a career,” she says. “As soon as I stepped foot here I knew this was where I belonged.” Peters admits the decision to change her career path was easy, implementing all of the changes were overwhelming. “I’m so happy I kept with my decision to come here. With graduation just days away, I’m hoping to land a position with Kalitta Motorsports in their chassis and fabrication shop.” As a student of the month Peters receives $100 Matco Tools gift certificate, $50 cash, $50 to OTC’s Campus Store, and an OTC jacket.
Ohio Technical College Owner and President, Marc Brenner passed away today at the age of 68. He changed the lives of tens of thousands of students and hundreds of individuals whom he employed. He and his father, Julius, started Ohio Technical College in 1969. An “idea” which began with six students on the 2nd floor of a warehouse building in downtown Cleveland, Ohio has grown to be one of the largest and most respected technical training institutions in the United States with a current enrollment of 1400+ students. Marc and his father were innovators who changed the landscape of technical training and education. Marc’s creative abilities and enduring drive resulted in Ohio Technical College being considered by many as the “Harvard of Technical Schools”, and with Marc receiving numerous recognitions and awards.
Marc was very well known throughout the nation due to his endless work within the private school industry and served in several major organizations. He was named “ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR” in Northeast Ohio in 2013 and Marc and his family received the Ohio “FAMILY BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT” award in 2015. He was an enthusiastic Cleveland sports fan and avid theater buff.
Marc was a most generous individual who, over many years, contributed and supported numerous agencies and individuals. Marc embraced life and attempted to savor every second of his fulfilling and remarkable journey. Marc was an extremely intelligent and articulate dreamer and visionary, and didn’t hesitate in reminding people to “not be in a hurry to flip the pages of life to see what lies ahead, as it will arrive much sooner than you could ever imagine.” He was a very tough and successful business man who commanded and received tremendous loyalty from his employees, students and Partners in Education.
The entire Brenner family want to thank everyone for the love, support, and deep friendship given to Marc over his lifetime and promises to continue his legacy by working to make Ohio Technical College the top technical college in the nation.
Bill Hantl has been appointed as the new President of the Ohio Technical College (OTC), one of the premier technical training colleges in the country.
“Bill is a respected and effective leader with impressive accomplishments that closely align with OTC’s values,” CEO Marc Brenner, says. “I am confident in Mr. Hantl’s ability to lead the school and continue the vision we have set forth.”
Mr. Hantl has provided leadership in the growth of Ohio Technical College for over six years, in which he has served in several roles. In 2010 Hantl was part of Ohio Technical College’s Curriculum and Training departments until he was named Director of Training in 2012. Prior to joining Ohio Technical College, Mr. Hantl was a successful business owner for thirty-one years.
“I have experienced firsthand the power of a great technical education,” Hantl says. “With its profound impact on students’ lives and I look forward to continuing the great work started by the Brenner family.”
Current President, Marc Brenner will remain as CEO and help to guide the college. Mr. Hantl will be joined by a new management team to assist in OTC’s mission and goals.