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There's a lot happening in our vibrant and growing learning community! From school-wide announcements to special events taking place at one of our campuses, we’ll included all the latest here.

Former Student Races to a Bright Future

Jacob Eggie poses with a racing carOhio Technical College High Performance & Racing student, Jacob Eggie, a 2018 graduate of Forest Hill High School and the GJCTC Diesel Technology Program, did something recently he doesn’t normally do – answer a call from a phone number he didn’t recognize. “Something told me to answer it. So, I did.” It’s a good thing he did, because on the other end was Bill Kimmel, of Kimmel Racing. Kimmel was calling to see if Eggie wanted to drive to Clarksville, IN, and meet for a tour of their facility? Eggie knew this was an opportunity not to pass up. Eggie grew up racing quads and participating in motocross. He knew he wanted to pursue racing in some form as a professional. Through his participation in Skills USA, he earned a significant amount of scholarship money to attend college and pursue his passion. So, when the owner of a professional AACA racing team calls and asks if you want to visit – you go and visit. Eggie made the five hour drive to Indiana and had perfect timing on the day of his visit. He arrived within minutes of the team leaving for the test track. They invited him to tag along. “It was the best day of my life! I was treated as a long-time crew member. I basically was shadowing the car chief and helping make important decisions regarding the performance of the car. I was given a huge opportunity in representing myself and my abilities as well as being a representative of OTC.”  Eggie is balancing his technical training with a near full-time job with a local NTB store. He has maintained perfect attendance and a 4.0 in both his technical training and academic classes. He limits the use of his cell phone during the day to break-time and lunch only, while at school. “I’m here to get the most out of my training, not play on my phone.” Eggie has been invited to join Kimmel Racing in Daytona in January for additional test sessions with the car. He is keeping his hope high he can also attend speed week in February.

IndustryWeek Article

There is a very good article on the IndustryWeek website called Many Parents Undervalue Manufacturing as a Career for Their Children. We encourage you to give it a read.

720-Hour Welding Program

Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center is enrolling students for a 720-hour Career in a Year™ Welding Program in Alum Bank, Pennsylvania. This is for adult participants interested in learning fundamental welding techniques. As part of the program, students will be eligible to earn American Welding Society (AWS) certifications. 

Program Date: July 9, 2018 - December 19, 2018
Program Time: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Mission Critical Solutions, 271 Industrial Lane, Alum Bank, PA 15521

There is no cost to the student for tuition! This training program is available to interested individuals through a grant program funded (in part) by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Manufacturing PA Program. Additional fees will apply for tools and equipment.

To set up an appointment to register, contact the GJCTC Adult Education Office at (814) 266.6073, ext. 201.