WIX® Filters, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Tomorrow’s Tech magazine named Owensboro Community & Technical College (OCTC) as the 2014 Technical School of the Year during a surprise ceremony at the school on Monday, Oct. 27. OCTC was selected as the seventh-annual School of the Year from 151 applications nominating school technical training programs nationwide.
“This is one of our favorite times of the year because we get to see the next generation of technical innovators do what they love,” said Mike Harvey, brand manager for WIX Filters. “These schools are fostering creativity with an eye on the future, teaching their students the skills they need to service the latest complex vehicle systems.”
As part of its award, Owensboro Community & Technical College will receive $2,500 from WIX Filters; professional automotive tool set and $250 from O’Reilly Auto Parts; merchandise from O’Reilly and WIX Filters; and uniforms from Red Kap. In addition, the school’s instructor will attend a Babcox Media recognition dinner at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in November.
“This award is exciting news for not only our community but our industry,” said Duke Brubaker, General Manager for Champion Ford Lincoln Mazda in Owensboro. “Just recently Champion announced the Brian Foster scholarship fund at OCTC so we are pleased to see this fine school recognized on the national stage. ”
This is the seventh annual search to find the best technical training school in the U.S. The program is open to high schools or post-secondary schools that have a subscription to Tomorrow’s Tech.