Ohio Technical College, an NAFTC member since 2003, has received the honor of being named the “2009 School of the Year” in a competition sponsored by Tomorrow’s Technician and Chicago Pneumatic. Chosen out of more than 170 entries, as the top school OTC received $10,000 worth of Chicago Pneumatic tools and an official award presentation at the school, along with other prizes.
This year marks the second year for the contest which was created to recognize top technical colleges dedicated to innovative training programs. According to Tomorrow’s Technician, OTC was chosen because their programs provide hands-on training and real experience that will help their students become leaders in the industry.
“We are extremely honored to receive the 2009 School of the Year award on behalf of our dedicated staff and hard-working students, who have all become a part of the OTC family,” said Marc Brenner, president of Ohio Technical College. “Our team is committed to providing students with the advanced education and specialized skills such as our alternative fuel and high performance courses that will help lead the transportation industry into the future.”
OTC, once known as the Ohio Diesel Mechanics School (in 1969), is a privately-owned institution that has been dedicated to providing technical training in modern mechanics. More than 1,000 students enrolled at OTC receive specialized training in automotive, diesel, class car restoration, alternative fuel vehicles, motorcycles and more. OTC is one of the top technical colleges in diversity of programs.
NAFTC Assistant Director of Operations, Bill Davis, agrees that OTC is deserving of the award. “OTC has been actively involved in our programs. Their representatives have served on the NAFTC advisory committee, and they have worked with us to provide updated information to Congressional delegates about alternative fuel technology,” he said. “It’s been a pleasure to work with them.”
OTC has much to be proud of this year. In addition to the School of the Year award, OTC is celebrating their 40th anniversary. They have adapted to the changing automotive industry throughout the years with the addition of High Performance and Racing and Alternative Fuel Technology classes.
Their most recent development was the completion of the PowerSport Institute (PSI) branch campus in 2008 which specializes in motorcycle technician training.