Sent by Shirlene J.
• When Evan was 13, he shared his goals for his future with his dad & me. He told us when he graduated high school, he was going to the Universal Technical Institute to become a Diesel Technician. He informed us that one of the best diesel programs was at the UTI campus in Exton, PA.
It was evident when Evan was very young that he was logical and mechanically inclined. However when he started school, it didn’t take long to see he had difficulty with reading comprehension. Eventually, he was diagnosed with dyslexia. Evan received a lot of ridicule & harassment that would have broken the spirit of most kids, but it seemed to make him even more determined. He graduated high school May 2014, and started UTI in August, 2014.
Evan heard about the Mike Rowe Works Scholarship, but there were issues with PA regulations & he was told PA students were therefor not eligible. At the last minute though, those restrictions were lifted. Evan applied for your Work Ethic Scholarships, and received one at the last minute.
At UTI, Evan completed the diesel program, and then entered the Cummins program. Students in this program have to maintain a high GPA, have excellent attendance, interview & test to get in. On September 25, 2015, Evan graduated with a 3.84 GPA, Perfect Attendance, and “Student of the Course” award. But here’s the best part of his story.
Evan had applied to 3 companies in Savannah, GA, all of whom competed for his attention with multiple offers. It was a difficult choice, but what an incredible dilemma for a 20 year old to have. He made his decision, moved to Savannah, and started work at Cummins Power South, a mere three weeks after graduation. He was offered an incredible salary, benefits, vacation & incentives. He is living his dream & is still so humble.
Thank you Mike, for being an advocate for those who want to work hard & don’t mind getting a little dirty. Evan is a great testimonial & I am very proud of him. If you find yourself in Savannah, please look him up. He would love to tell you “Thank you” face to face & to shake your hand.