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Collins Career Center student finalist for award

The Herald-DispatchMay 18, 2019

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — Ryan Adkins, an automotive technician student at Collins Career Center, recently was chosen as one of the finalists for the TechForce Foundation’s FutureTechs Rock Awards.

According to Adkins’ nomination, his instructors know him as someone who is “driven, motivated, and eager to learn and work. He is currently working full time as a lube tech, having beat out all other students for the opportunity to work in a dealership. In his spare time Ryan repairs and resurrects scrapped vehicles, and recently rebuilt a 4-wheeler from the ground up.”

Adkins also has attained all of his Youth ASE certifications, is currently taking manufacturer training at his high school and is enrolled in training with his dealership to get a head start in the field.

He volunteers in his community, providing auto services to senior citizens and other neighbors, feeding the homeless with a local food bank and supporting others with Meals On Wheels, according to the nomination.

“I have a true passion for the auto technician field and a desire to expand my knowledge and be the best, most honorable technician I can be,” Adkins said. “I have always believed in the value of hard work and have continued to maintain employment throughout my high school years. I am currently employed at a dealership as a lube technician and have a desire to expand my knowledge and skills by attending a post-secondary school in July.”

The FutureTechs Rock Awards are part of TechForce Foundation’s FutureTech Success initiative to help inspire and support tomorrow’s workforce of technicians. FutureTech Success is sponsored by industry partners, including Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, Bridgestone, CarMax, FedEx Freight, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Interstate Batteries, Manheim, Mercedes-Benz USA, Nissan North America, Penske Truck Leasing, Shell Pennzoil, Snap-on, Universal Technical Institute, Valvoline and WD-40.

“Our country relies on the mobility technician students of today who will keep America rolling tomorrow.

By engaging in a challenging STEM curriculum, these students are preparing themselves for an in-demand, high-tech and rewarding career. FutureTechs Rock Awards nominees are role models for their fellow students and an inspiration to us all,” said Jennifer Maher, executive director of the TechForce Foundation, in a news release.

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