RANDOPH The collaboration between Dream It Do It and local industry has quite literally paid off for one local high school graduate. Ashton O'Brien of Randolph has received the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) WyoTech Diesel Technology Scholarship.
"We try to work very closely with local industry, so that when opportunities come along we can help. Brad VanRiper of TruckLite told me about this scholarship. Through Dream It Do It we were able to get the word out to the local schools, and as a result, Ashton O'Brien applied for and received this scholarship," Dream It Do It Coordinator Dave Johnson said.
"Sometimes this scholarship has gone unused. That is unfortunate, when there are students who can use the help and who have an interest in this type of career field," Mr. VanRiper said. "We are fortunate that Dave Johnson, through Dream It Do It, was able to spread the word and that a local student has been awarded this scholarship."
Pictured are Dave Johnson from Dream It Do It, Scholarship Winner Ashton O’Brien, Brad VanRiper of Truck-Lite Company, and Todd Tranum with the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.
Ashton is a 2012 graduate of Randolph Central School and in his application expressed an interest in attending WyoTech's in Blairsville, PA campus.
The scholarship is worth just under $30,000 to cover tuition at WyoTech. Formerly known as Wyoming Technical Institute, the school is dedicated to high-quality, college-level, career-oriented education in the automotive, diesel, motorcycle, HVAC, watercraft, and collision/refinishing industries. There are six WyoTech campuses across the country.
The Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations awards scholarships as part of an ongoing effort by its Professional Technician Development Committee (PTDC) to promote and enhance the professionalism of commercial vehicle technicians. The WyoTech full scholarship provides for 1,500 clock hours (12 months) attendance to WyoTech.