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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
OTC congratulates our newest student of the month – Eric Shoemaker. Shoemaker is currently a welding student with a little over six months of training completed. He has earned two honor rolls and has only missed two days. He is excited about his future as a welder. Originally, right out of Butler, High School in 2011 he was set to start in OTC’s Classic Car Restoration program. As sometimes happens, the finances weren’t able to support that plan. He instead stayed in Butler, PA and attended truck driving school. He obtained his Class B, but soon realized over-the-road driving wasn’t for him. In a better place financially, he looked again at his training options and chose OTC’s welding program. He says so far vertical stick welding has been his toughest challenge to master. He plans on a career as a TIG welder once he completes his training in May 2016.
As OTC’s student of the month Shoemaker receives $50 in cash, $50 voucher to the OTC campus store, $100 Matco tool voucher, and an OTC jacket.