2020 Emerging Professionals

Published: December 18, 2020

The Emerging Professionals program exists to recognize outstanding Career Technical Education students for commitment to learning, demonstration of talent in their program, and potential to excel in their chosen industry. Students are nominated by their instructors, and selection is based on academic integrity, innovation, and professionalism both in and outside the classroom. The $1,000 scholarship is designed to help pay for students' second or fourth semester of their program. 

Manuel Orozco, a student in the Auto Body Technology program at the College, was nominated as one of this year’s Emerging Professionals by Associate Professor, Sean McConnachie.

“Manuel was very deserving of this award,” said McConnachie. “One of the greatest joys in being an instructor is seeing a student excel and knowing you will be seeing them in the industry in the future. Watching a student grow and become successful is the best reward a teacher can get.”

“This is the first scholarship I have ever received, so it means a lot to me,” said Orozco. “It reaffirms I am doing good in the class and that my efforts are being noticed. I was really surprised when I received it.”

Congratulations to Orozco and the following students nominated as Emerging Professionals for the 2020/2021 academic year:

Manuel Orozco, Auto Body Technology
Nominated by Sean McConnachie

Nathan Acuff, Auto Body Technology
Nominated by Sean McConnachie

Rick Pow, Drafting Technology
Nominated by Rob Green

Alexandra Edwards, Fire Service Technology
Nominated by Darrin Raskopf

Joshua Oquendo, Heavy Duty Truck Technician
Nominated by Rocky Church

Peter Harcey, Horticulture Technology
Nominated by Dan Schultz

Jordan Sellars, Law Enforcement
Nominated by LeRoy Forsman

Carissa Nelson, Law Enforcement
Nominated by LeRoy Forsman

Kimmer Jackson, Law Enforcement
Nominated by LeRoy Forsman

Seth Bright, Network and System Administration
Nominated by Mindy Young

The next group of Emerging Professionals will be selected in November of 2021. Contact Pat Neal, Dean of Industry, Engineering, and Trades, at patneal@cwi.edu to learn more. 

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