HCET Student Receives Mike Rowe Scholarship

$500 scholarship offered through partnership between mikeroweWORKS Foundation and AED Foundation

(left to right) HCET Instructor Roger Gartner, Travis Boyd, HCET Instructor Dan Ruzicka

Travis Boyd, a student in the Heavy Construction Equipment Technology program at Dakota County Technical College, received a $500 scholarship from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in partnership with the AED Foundation, an affiliate of Associated Equipment Distributors. Boyd, 20, of Ellsworth, Wis., is on track to graduate from DCTC with his A.A.S. degree in spring 2011. He plans to work full-time for Ziegler Caterpillar, one of the largest and most successful Caterpillar dealers in the U.S. Boyd began working at Ziegler’s facility in Shakopee, Minn., while still in school.

“We awarded the scholarship based on GPA,” said Mike Opp, DCTC dean of transportation and technical careers. “Travis had the highest in his class. We wish to thank Mike Rowe for his support for technical education. We are proud that our HCET program is accredited by the AED Foundation, which supports the overall mission of the AED by helping develop and sustain higher education programs training workforces for the construction equipment industry.”

“Mike Rowe is the creator and host of the widely watched and acclaimed show Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel. I’m sure you have also seen him on television and the Web talking about his relationships with Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar, Inc., VF Corp/Lee Jeans and Kimberly-Clark. What you may not know is that Mike is dedicated to promoting the skilled trades, including our construction-related industries, in an effort to address image and workforce issues. Through his website, mikeroweWORKS.com, young and not-so-young alike are exposed to the great industry we work in, are given lots of resources to help make informed choices as to career and technical job options and information as to where they may find schools and financial aid to help them achieve their goals. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to visit mikeroweWORKS.com for yourself. The site will give you an idea of the broad scope of his mission. As is evident by his involvement with the recently launched I Make America and Go Build Alabama campaigns, Mike is not just talking about things, he is doing them!”

(left to right) Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Kelly Murtaugh, HCET Instructor Roger Gartner, Travis Boyd, HCET Instructor Dan Ruzicka, Dean of Transportation and Technical Careers Mike Opp

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