Forget the Oscars and the Emmys. This Fall’s hottest awards happened on the Denver campus of Lincoln Tech, where students train for careers in Automotive Technology, Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology, Diesel Technology, HVAC, and Welding Technology. Some current students and alumni were recently honored at the Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools (CACCS) and Clear the Air Foundation Ceremonies.
From the Mountain Top to the Classroom.
Kevin Rose left New York to spend a couple of years as a ski instructor in Colorado. While he enjoyed his time on the slopes, he wanted to challenge himself and plan for a more secure future. He enrolled in Lincoln Tech’s Diesel Technology program in Denver and got to work.
As a nature lover, he was drawn to the program’s Alternative Fuel Technology training. After completing the hands-on training, he started a career at Ryder Transportation and on September 8th he added 2017 Student of the Year in Technical Trades to his resume. Kevin was nominated by Ron Poirer, a beloved instructor who has been a part of the Lincoln Tech family for over 24 years.
Military Experience Helps HVAC Grad Succeed.
Rich VanWey started off in the kitchen. He thought his love of food and food presentation would wind up being his career, and was studying to become a professional chef when he made the decision to put his personal plans aside and serve his country as a Tank Operator in the U.S. Army.
After his service, Rich decided to switch gears and put his hands-on skills to use through HVAC training at Lincoln Tech’s Denver campus. The hard work and discipline that helped him succeed in the Army proved invaluable throughout his training. Rich was the recipient of the 2017 Meritorious Recognition Award for Specialized Trades.
Matt Long, the Denver campus instructor who nominated Rich, says selecting him for the CACCS award “was really a no brainer. Rich’s GPA is a 4.0 because he works so hard at it. HVAC didn’t come naturally to him, but his drive and leadership made all the difference. Having him in class is like having a second instructor with me.”
Lincoln Tech Student Sees a Clear Future.
Hugo Romero is balancing his hands-on training at Lincoln Tech with a job at John Elway Cadillac in Denver. A recent scholarship from the Clear the Air Foundation will certainly come in handy.
The Clear the Air Foundation was created in 2007 to reduce air pollution by taking high-emission vehicles off the road. Those older cars are then stripped for recyclables and the scrap value becomes a donation for the foundation. The John Elway Dealerships Network is one of the top vehicle donators.
Hugo is a student in the Diesel Technology program and plans to graduate in March 2019. He was recognized for his dedication and hard work in pursuing a career that will help lower pollution levels and increase vehicle efficiency around the Denver region in the years ahead.
Lincoln Tech is proud of these students and is inspired by their passion, dedication and success!