Steve Johnson Exemplifies the Lincoln Edge
The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has always worked well with Lincoln Tech. In fact, this strong relationship compelled Steve Johnson, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider, to take time out of his busy schedule to talk to the students at the Lincoln Tech Queens campus this summer.
While any celebrity appearance runs the risk of being all flash and no substance, Johnson was far from that. He offered valuable advice to the students for a fruitful career. He spoke about why attendance is so important, conducted mock job interviews with students, and discussed creating a personal brand and getting good grades. As he worked through the mock interviews, which he called the “30-second pitch,” he emphasized that it takes only 30 seconds to land a job if you know what to do and say. Accordingly, the students had 30 seconds to sell themselves to the employer.
“I thought his presentation was hugely beneficial to our students and echoed our sentiments as it pertains to getting the soft skills they need to get and keep a job in the automotive industry," said instructor Bill Kahen of the Queens campus. "His upbeat and motivational style appeared well received and thought provoking.”
Johnson also gave the students a tour of his race trailer, where his motorcycle, which he raced this past weekend at Englishtown New Jersey, was on display. He spent time answering questions about high-speed racing, clean drivers licenses and positive attitudes.
Johnson hit on the points that gives Lincoln Tech the Lincoln Edge. Through his inspiring experiences, sound advice and upbeat attitude, he helped prepare the Queens campus students for life beyond Lincoln. With the work ethic and skills they need outside the classroom, these students will be ready to search for, find and advance in the career they deserve.
About Steve Johnson
On the NHRA Pro Stock circuit, there's no rider who works harder than Steve Johnson to compete and promote the sport. As a racer and team owner, Johnson knows what it is like to be on both sides of the fence. He is in his 20th year of racing motorcycles. He won the U.S. Nationals in Indy and won the Gatornationals in his Suzuki 1000. His vibrant personality and strong work ethic make him a favorite on the circuit.
In the off-season, Johnson likes to hang out and go dirt bike riding, Scuba dive, play a round of golf, watch NASCAR and, of course, chow down on all the tasty treats he has to avoid during the season.
- LTI Queens