Jacob Morgan, a 2013 Grant Career Center Automotive Service Technology graduate from New Richmond High School, has made the best of both worlds! Jacob is currently employed as a technician at Jeff Wyler Chevrolet and is enrolled in the General Motors Automotive Service Education Program at Sinclair Community College pursuing an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology.
When Jacob entered the program at Grant Career Center, he wasn’t really sure where it would take him. “The program at Grant definitely has helped me out a lot. We learned steering, suspension, brakes and all the technical skills that I can now use in my college program. But more importantly, the program taught me how to be a good employee.”
Jacob worked as an intern at Mike Castrucci Chevrolet during the summer of his junior year and after school as a senior. He was hired by Jeff Wyler at the end of his senior year and they are the sponsoring dealership for his college program. He currently is attending school every day and working a couple of afternoons a week plus weekends at the dealership.
When he started looking at college, his instructor Lyle Taylor encouraged him to apply for several scholarships to help pay his way. The first one he applied for was the National Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) scholarship. Jacob was delighted to find out that he was the only student in Ohio to qualify for the $5,000 award. “I was pretty happy to learn about the scholarship because it was a huge help to pay for tuition.” Later in the summer he was notified that he had earned another $5,000 scholarship from the Hot Rod Classics Association. He found the application online during a scholarship search and wrote the required essay and hoped for the best! Once again he was rewarded for his efforts and had a guarantee that his college costs were covered!
Jacob’s advice for students who want to attend college, “If you think that there isn’t any scholarship money out there for you, you are wrong. There is money out there if you look for it and apply yourself to completing the required paperwork!”