Cecil West was honored at the KCTCS Annual Student Achievement Awards Luncheon with SCC’s Student Achievement Award.
After reading about the diesel program on the SCC website he decided to give it a shot. "I think that the small class sizes contributed the most in choosing SCC," says West. "The campus is also close to home. This is a plus because I am married and have kids," he adds.
Cecil is 27 years old and from Monticello where he attended Wayne Co. High. After he graduated in 2003 he immediately shipped out to Marine Corps boot camp. During his four years in the Marine Corps he was deployed once to Iraq. After returning home from service he worked as a logger for two years, spending most of that time trying to keep the equipment running. He discovered he enjoyed turning wrenches more than operating machinery.
West credits his instructors, Jake McPheron and Ricky Harris, with making his SCC experience rewarding. "Their experience and drive to teach, coupled with their thirst for new information made school an easy part of my life." "They were both vital to my success as a student," he adds. West currently runs his own agricultural equipment repair business, repairig farm tractors and other off-road equipment.
He will graduate in Fall 2011, with diesel and welding certificates in addition to a diploma and a degree. You can learn more about the Diesel program at SCC contact Jake McPheron at 606 451-6821. To learn about the Welding program contact Daniel Burnett at 606 451-6749.