Casey Lellock – mrWF Work Ethic Scholarship
Casey Lellock grew up in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania less than a mile away from Gobbler’s Knob – home to the most famous groundhog in America, Punxsutawney Phil. It’s a town of less than 6,000 residents and Casey has always liked the small town charm.
“I know just about everybody in town,” he told me.
Casey is a tinkerer. Always has been. “I like ripping things apart and seeing what’s inside,” he said. When he was only 6 years old Casey and his grandfather would spend hours in the garage. His grandfather used to give Casey old broken electronics to fiddle with saying, “What’s the worst thing that can happen? You break it? It’s already broken!” At age 8 Casey was taking apart computers – and putting them back together. He developed a fascination with electricity and everything powered by it.
But Casey’s dad was a Chemical Engineer and Casey knew he wanted to do some kind of engineering as a vocation. So, after high school, Casey went to Penn State where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering. The summer before he graduated Casey interned at Baker Hughes, an oil and gas company, in Houston, Texas. Baker Hughes offered Casey a full-time job after graduation but Casey did not like the idea of living in a city of over 2 million people. He was a small town guy and he intended to stay in a small town. He also wanted to stay near his family. So Casey politely declined, intending to find engineering work closer to home. Unfortunately 2015, the year Casey graduated, was not a good year for the oil and gas industry and Casey found it difficult to find an energy engineering job in PA.
After a year of looking but not finding, Casey decided it was time to learn a skill – one that could be used on its own, as well as to enhance his engineering bona fides. Today, Casey is attending Triangle Tech Dubois and learning more about the thing that captured his imagination as a kid – electricity.
Casey plans to graduate in October 2017. He also intends to remain a small town guy.