Diesel Technology 2017 Graduate - Thomas Jefferson High School
OTC Diesel student, Jacob Kutscher, graduates today with a paved path of opportunity in front of him. He is more than ready to take the first step as a full-on sprint. Kutscher has a work ethic that doesn’t stop. Kutscher was offered a decent starting rate with a major company right out of high school. His mom encouraged him to continue his education, because if someone was willing to pay him a decent wage out of high school, he should consider what they would offer him if he had more training. Kutscher took diesel while in high school at Steel Center for Career & Technical Education, Pittsburgh, PA. He earned college scholarship money through his participation in Skills USA. He opted to continue his training at OTC and is now reaping the rewards of his decision. While a diesel student here, he earned 3 honor rolls (90% or higher on test scores and lab performance), his MACS 609, and his Roadranger certification. Kutscher has been working at Buckeye Business Products for several months. His shift is 2:30pm-2:00am. Many a morning he would be catching up on much needed sleep in his car in the student parking lot before classes started at 7:30am. At Buckeye Business Products he is in charge of all maintenance from large machinery and equipment to delivery trucks. His employer is so impressed with his level of maturity and work ethic, they have offered to pay off his OTC tuition – and will be paying him to attend the college of his choice to earn a Mechanical Engineering Degree. While we cannot disclose what Kutscher is earning, it far exceeds the ‘decent starting salary’ he was offered 18-months ago. It is those students, like Kutscher, who put forth the effort to make their training a priority that we see time and again being offered incredible opportunities in the field.
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