Didier wins truck, $1,000 scholarship
ENGLEWOOD – Nicholas Didier, a Versailles high school who participated in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning program at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center, was a very excited young man on the night of May 12.
He was the winner of the We Build the USA TOOLS Scholarship. This scholarship is sponsored by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. ABC is a network of contractors with divisions across the United States.
This year was extra special, however, as the winner of the TOOLS Program Scholarship top prize would take home a Ford Ranger along with the $ 1,000 scholarship to apply for tools for the trade or to complete their education to continue. Didier’s name was announced as the grand prize winner. He will use this truck and the money to continue his education.
While attending MVCTC, Didier has been very active, first as a Student Ambassador and most recently as a participant in the MVCTC Pre-Apprenticeship Program. Didier has earned many industry credentials while participating in MVCTC, including EPA Universal Certification, NCCER Core 1 Certified, NCCER HVAC Level 1, and OSHA 10 Construction.
Didier worked at Emerson in a pre-internship program at the Helix Innovation Center on the University of Dayton campus. This facility is a state-of-the-art product development and testing center where industry specialists from around the world come together to solve the latest and greatest challenges facing the HVAC / R industry.
His responsibilities include building, prototyping and developing products, Didier said, but most of all, he likes to learn new information about his profession.
“I really wanted to pursue a career in HVAC-R because I like to learn the mechanical aspects of a trade,” said Didier. “I understand that there is a skilled workforce shortage in America, and I understand that the heartbeat of our country is in skilled occupations.”
The TOOLS program stands for Today’s Opportunities Offering Lifetime Skills. The purpose of the TOOLS program is to provide resources to assist schools in promoting skilled professions and apprenticeships in manufacturing and construction. It introduces students interested in a skilled occupational career with local employers who are ready to hire and train. This includes:
• Collaborate with the school to identify 10-20 senior students who wish to learn more about careers in the skilled trades (manufacturing and construction).
• Assist students in applying for the TOOLS program grant.
• Connect the school with local employers for career / job fairs and classroom speaking opportunities.
This school year, the “We Build the USA Scholarship Video Contest” was introduced. Students were challenged to create a 90-second video that answered three questions.
1. Why do you want to pursue a career in construction?
2. How did you become interested in construction?
3. How do you intend to use the study funds?
Didier’s winning video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/X0C2GWQUWaU.
The TOOLS program is sponsored by Associate Builders and Contractors Ohio Valley, YourFutureCareers.org, and the Ohio Valley Construction Education Foundation.
For more information about the TOOLS program, contact TOOLS program manager Nick Smiley at [email protected]
After graduation, Didier plans to work in the HVAC lab at Emerson in Sidney and earn money while learning from their best technicians. He will also take evening classes at Edison State Community College to earn an associate’s degree in HVAC engineering technology and, possibly, continue his education to earn a bachelor’s degree and become an HVAC engineer.
“My experience at MVCTC has been a life-changing experience overall,” said Didier. “The teachers at this school are the best I’ve ever seen, and they really care about the well-being of their students in or out of the classroom. If I didn’t go to MVCTC I don’t know where I would be in my life. In my experience, I feel like I have found my true purpose in life. I enjoy waking up every day and going to a school that has done so much for me, and I will never forget what the school has done to help me find my purpose and my future profession. “
For more information about MVCTC, visit www.mvctc.com.
Nicholas Didier, a Versailles high school enrolled in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Program at Miami Valley Career Technology Center, was the winner of the We Build the USA TOOLS Scholarship. He won a Ford Ranger and a $ 1,000 scholarship.