Wake Tech Students Win National Scholarships
April 18th, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. (April 18, 2013) - Two Wake Tech students have been awarded national scholarships that will help them launch careers in equipment technology and maintenance. Brian Owens and Reddin Wheeler will each receive a $1,000 scholarship from The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, established by the host of cable television’s “Dirty Jobs.” Both will graduate next month with an associate’s degree in Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology, with a concentration in Construction Systems. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation scholarships are given to top equipment technology students frominstitutions accredited by Associated Equipment Distributors.
In a special presentation, Owens and Wheeler received their checks, scholarship certificates, and signed photos of Mike Rowe. Owens was selected after earning a cumulative GPA of 3.7 at the end of the 2012 fall semester. He is sponsored by John Deere and plans to work for an equipment dealer in Garner. Wheeler earned a GPA of 3.1 and is already working for a company in Fuquay-Varina that sells and services construction and farm equipment.
Given the significant cost of acquiring a proper set of high-quality tools, these scholarships are a big help to students entering an equipment technician career. “The scholarships support the equipment maintenance technicians of tomorrow by providing them with high-quality tools today,” says Patricia Godin, Dean of Applied Technologies. “Wake Tech applauds The mikeroweWORKS Foundation for recognizing how equipment and supply initiatives and resources can enhance workforce development as well as worker and employer satisfaction.”
About The mikeroweWORKS Foundation: The mikeroweWORKS Foundation was established to promote the skilled trades in areas of public awareness, reducing stigmas, education, career planning and job opportunities.
About Associated Equipment Distributors: AED is an international trade association representing companies involved in the distribution, rental and support of equipment used in construction, mining, forestry, power generation, agriculture and industrial applications.