TechForce Foundation Names Ranken Graduate Rookie of the Year

ST. LOUIS (January 7, 2019) TechForce Foundation, a non-profit organization focused onchampioning students to and through their technical education and into careersas professional transportation technicians, has named Ranken Technical Collegegraduate Andrew Fields as “Rookie of the Year” in their first annual Techs RockAwards.

The awardsrecognize working technicians who strive to mentor and inspire the next generationof technicians, bring excellence to their workplaces and communities, anddemonstrate passion and commitment to the profession.

Fields, anative of Kansas City, chose to attend Ranken because it uniquely offered a Ford ASSET (AutomotiveStudent Service Education Training) dealer program as partof its state-of-the-art technical training and real-world experience. He completed the Ford ASSET program with Rob Sight Ford in Kansas City in May2017, and graduated with an Associate ofTechnology in Automotive Maintenance degree from Ranken. He immediately washired by Rob Sight Ford as a DrivabilityTechnician, and is currently two years away from being a master technician.

OperationsManager Bobby Sight nominated Fields for the TechForce Foundation Award, sayingthat Fields’ hardwork has driven him to become one of the most promising up-and-comingtechnicians that he has had the opportunity to work with. “It is important tounderstand what makes up that promise for Andy,” said Sight. “Whether it isconsistently having one of the best attitudes across the dealership, hisoverall job performance, his educational accomplishments, his communicationskills or, most importantly, what he does to help mentor and develop young menand women into becoming successful technicians in both the dealership andcommunity. And while I think that his personal accomplishments are of serioussignificance, it's the type of impact he makes as an individual in thedealership and in the technician community that make him an absolute gift towork with each and every day.”

TechForceFoundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) with the mission to champion students toand through their technical education and into careers as professionaltechnicians. The Foundation distributes more than $2.0 million in scholarshipsand grants annually, and is spearheading FutureTech Success®, the industry-wideinitiative to help encourage more young people to pursue the vehicle technicianprofession. For more information, visit www.techforcefoundation.org.

Ranken Technical College is a private, non-profit, degree-granting institutionof higher learning whose primary mission is to provide the comprehensiveeducation and training necessary to prepare students for employment andadvancement in a variety of technical fields. For more information, visit www.ranken.edu

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