CAC’s Engineering and Technology Division Recognizes Students and Business Partners during Annual Breakfast

By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

The Central Arizona College Engineering and Technology Division recognized students and business partners for their outstanding achievements at the annual advisory board breakfast held on April 20.

Individuals and businesses recognized include:

Duane Vick - Outstanding Student Advanced Technology Program

Cameron Hanno - Outstanding Student Diesel Program

Paloma Fajardo - Outstanding Student Agriculture Program

Luke Gaspard - Outstanding Student Welding Program

Quintin Forte - Outstanding Student Equine Management Program

Jacob Sartain - Outstanding Student Heavy Equipment Operators Program

Arid Land Agricultural Research Center – Maricopa, AZ – Outstanding Contribution to the Agriculture Program

Gladys Christensen - Outstanding Contribution to the Heavy Equipment Operators Program

Richard Santasiero - Outstanding Contribution to the Welding Program

Alejandro Molina - Outstanding Contribution to the Advanced Technology Program

CAC students, Jordan Gumney and Lee-Lan Meyer, each received a $1000 mikeroweWORKS Foundation Tool Scholarship in recognition of their superior performance. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation partners with the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) Foundation to award tool scholarships each year to deserving students at each of AED’s accredited and recognized colleges.

Jacob Sartain, Heavy Equipment; Jacob Cotton, Welding; Carlos Campos, Agriculture; Yasmine Quiroz, Agriculture; and Wayne Miner, Diesel discussed their college and program experiences with attendees.

Campos commented, “(CAC is) a good transition from high school to a university.” Quiroz echoed him stating, “I feel a lot more prepared going to CAC and then transferring to a university.”

Cotton added, “They (instructors) helped me come to college, have kept me learning and gave me a job.”

Sartain believes it is critical to stay dedicated. He told the audience, “I drive 71 miles one-way, five days a week to do my schooling. It’s worth my future to me.”

Miner, who served in the Military, chose to continue his education at CAC which he will complete this May. “I have been offered a job in Texas. It is my goal to move up in the company and work in field service within the next five years.”

Following the panel discussion, advisory committee members attended program specific meetings.


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