A Cleveland High student and four current JCC students received scholarships to study diesel mechanics.
The Eastern Chapter of the North Carolina Transportation Maintenance Council recently awarded tool boxes, tool sets, gift cards, and other prizes valued at over $12,500 to 17 students in the diesel and heavy equipment technology programs at Johnston Community College.
Also, The NCTMC presented a $2,250 scholarship to Nasser Saleh, a Cleveland High School student. Four current students in the diesel mechanics program at JCC received the following scholarships - Chase Johnson of Rocky Mount received $1,500; Stuart Renfrow of Middlesex received $1,200; Jarrett Powell of Erwin received $1,000; and Dylan Whitley of Zebulon received $700.
Part of the council’s “Tools for Techs” initiative is to help offset some of the expenses associated with a career as a diesel technician and help make recipients more employable after graduation.
“Students enrolled in the diesel program need to not only receive a good education to be prepared for their career, they must also invest in the proper tools to be able to perform their job,” said instructor Johnny Green. “The transportation vehicle maintenance industry has confirmed their support in helping these future technicians accomplish their goals through the donations which were awarded. We now have 17 students who are much better prepared to tackle a challenging career, and we very much appreciate the industry support.”
The students received the toolboxes, tool kits, prizes and scholarships totaling over $19,200 during a ceremony held at JCC on Dec. 16.
“Tools for Techs” is an initiative of the Eastern Chapter of the NCTMC. Its sole purpose is to award students of diesel program items that will help the student transition from student to employee.
Cut line: Nasser Saleh, a Cleveland High School student, is the recipient of a $2,250 scholarship to study diesel mechanics at JCC. He is pictured with Johnny Green, left, NCTMC State Board Treasurer, Eastern Chapter Chair, and diesel instructor at JCC and Jonathan Hartley, right, diesel instructor at JCC.