Lincoln Tech’s Denver campus has been a cornerstone of Colorado’s vocational training scene for more than 50 years. Founded as Denver Auto-Diesel College in 1963 and affectionately known as “The Rock of the West,” the school has graduated tens of thousands of technicians ready to build exciting, rewarding careers in automotive technology, the diesel industry and more. This spring, the Rock of the West continued its tradition of excellence with its annual Car Show, a career fair and a Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The weekend-long activities kicked off on Friday, March 24th, with an Alumni event and Hall of Fame (HOF) induction. Alumni from Denver Auto-Diesel College and Lincoln Tech came back to campus to celebrate the HOF’s newest members and their accomplishments. This year’s inductees (l.-r. above) were:
- Josh Martens, Shop Foreman at Audi Denver
- Josh Jones, Regional Manager at Brakes Plus
- Alee Haber, Lakewood Auto Eclectic technician
- Quarta “Q” Watkins, Shop Manager of the Western Division and Shop Foreman at Leed Energy
“We could not be more proud of these Hall of Fame Alumni,” says Campus President Kelly Moore. “We’re excited to grow our Wall of Fame with more success stories in the future!”
The event included an on-campus career fair, where many leading employers – including Penske, RK Welding, AutoNation, Schlumberger and more – came out to meet and recruit new technicians for their teams. Guests and current students also had the opportunity to meet and talk with 2015 graduate Zach Smith, who has partnered with Uber to launch a Denver auto shop catering to drivers contracted by the worldwide ride-sharing giant.
The fun continued with the annual Denver auto show
The campus followed up the Hall of Fame celebration with its 6th Annual Lincoln Tech Car Show. Every year hundreds of motorheads bring their rides to show off and compete for custom trophies made by campus staff and students. This year more than 600 cars, trucks, 4x4s, bikes and more were on campus for an event that’s become an annual spring tradition in the Mile High City.
Cars began lining up at dawn and by the time the show opened, an army of food trucks, industry vendors and more were ready to great guests. Radio station KBPI led a cruise to the campus and had a radio remote for their Metal Shop contest (sponsored by Lincoln Tech), and USO Denver was on hand to collect monetary and material donations for troops serving overseas.
Careers launching at Lincoln Tech
Some of Colorado’s most in-demand careers can be launched through hands-on training at Lincoln Tech. From auto technology and collision repair to skilled trades like HVAC and Welding, industry partners are actively looking for skilled, qualified professionals – and they’re looking to Lincoln Tech for those candidates! The campus also offers training on exciting, emerging technologies like compressed natural gas systems, which are driving the diesel industry towards a more environmentally-friendly future.
Become a part of the Denver auto, collision repair, diesel, HVAC, or welding workforce. Students come from all over the country to start new career paths at Lincoln Tech – discover your own path today through hands-on career training!`