Johnston Community College Students Receive Thousands of Dollars in Scholarships and Tools from Industry Partners

Published: January 17, 2024

JCC’s Diesel and Heavy Equipment students receive life-changing awards at Tools for Techs event

Tools for Techs event

(L to R) Gabriel Genova, Daniel Genova, Lawrence Wilson, and Richard Thrash

Johnston Community College’s Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology students recently attended a Tools for Techs event where industry partners awarded roughly $37,000 in tools and scholarships.

The North Carolina Transportation Maintenance Council awarded four $500 scholarships to Gabriel Genova (Willow Spring), Daniel Genova (Willow Spring), Lawrence Wilson (Hertford), and Richard Thrash (Four Oaks). 

Two other $500 scholarships were awarded by Sunbelt Rentals and the Bob Slaughter Memorial Scholarship Fund to Raphyel Maclas-Sanchez (Coats) and Christian Pittman (Four Oaks), respectively.

MHC Kenworth handed out a $1500.00 tool scholarship to Brian Ayala-Lemus of Goldsboro.

More than a dozen industry partners donated fully loaded tool carts with some individual boxes valued at $6,000.00. 

The industry representatives also set up vendor booths to allow students to speak with them in regards to the company and employment opportunities. 

“These gifts really make a difference in our students’ lives and allow them to continue their studies without worrying about the cost of certain materials,’ says instructor Jonathan Hartley.

“We are grateful to everyone who made the Tools for Techs event possible,” Hartley adds.

If you want to know more about JCC’s Diesel and Heavy Equipment Tech program, click here.

MHC Scholarship Recipient Brian Ayala-Lemus

Photo: MHC Scholarship Recipient Brian Ayala-Lemus

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