Heavy Construction Equipment Students Receive Mike Rowe Scholarships

Mike Rowe Scholarships

(left to right) Dean of Transportation and Technical Careers Mike Opp, Heavy Construction Equipment Instructor Roger Gartner, Francis Rose, Michael Rehder, Heavy Construction Equipment Instructor Dan Ruzicka, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Kelly Murtaugh

Two $1000 scholarships offered through mikeroweWORKS Foundation and AED Foundation partnership

Michael Rehder and Francis Rose, two students in DCTC’s Heavy Construction Equipment Technology program, each received a $1000 scholarship from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in partnership with the AED Foundation, an affiliate of Associated Equipment Distributors.

Michael RedherAccording to Roger Gartner, instructor of DCTC’s Heavy Construction Equipment program, the scholarships were awarded based on GPA and are to be used for purchasing tools. He said, “It’s great to see two excellent students receive the award. Not only are they outstanding scholars, they are also great guys. The scholarships are well deserved.”

Rehder is very grateful for receiving the scholarship. “Keeping my grades up and doing well in school really paid off.”

Francis RoseRose was shocked when he heard he received the scholarship, and said he was thankful for people like Mike Rowe, who recognize the importance of careers in trade-related fields. “Attending a four-year college just wasn’t a good fit for me, but I have found my place here at DCTC, and look forward to putting my skills to work.” Both students graduate this spring.

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, Caterpillar, Inc., Cat Footwear, Master Lock 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. At his website, mikeroweWORKS.com, young and not-so-young alike are exposed to the great industry we work in, provided 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.  His latest project is the recent launch of the “Dirty Jobs” cleaning product line (buydirtyjobs.com). 

A portion of the sale from all products will go to The mikeroweWORKS Foundation.  If you have not already done so, I encourage you to visit www.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 “I Make America” (www.imakeamerica.com) and “Go Build” (gobuildalabama.com and gobuildgeorgia.com) campaigns, and the continuing work of The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, Mike is not just talking about things, he is doing them!

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