Nicole McConnell – mrWF Work Ethic Scholarship
Meet 18 year-old Nicole McConnell. Nicole was fortunate enough to attend Northeast Senior High School in Pasadena, Maryland. Northeast is connected with a school called the Center for Applied Technology North, or CAT North for short. It’s what used to be called VoTech back in the old days.
One of Nicole’s favorite things to do in high school was to ride dirt bikes with her friends. When she learned that Cat North offered a motorcycle maintenance course she jumped at the chance to attend. It was in this program that she found her path.
“I was given the opportunity to job shadow at Harley-Davidson in Annapolis.”
As part of the program, Nicole would leave school early to study motorcycle technology at an actual Harley Davidson Dealership.
“After spending a week with a Harley Technician, I knew that was the job for me.”
It showed in her studies. Nicole won the Academic Excellence award in Motorcycle Repair Technology. After graduation, Nicole moved to Orlando, Florida to attend the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute. She scoured the MMI website and applied for every scholarship she could find. Finding financial assistance was important to Nicole.
“I wanted to help my mom as much as I possibly could with the tuition fee. My mom has always provided for me, and I wanted to give back, or help her in any way that I could. I thought the mikeroweWORKS scholarship was a great opportunity.”
Being so far away from home, Nicole misses her mom. This is the first time she has ever lived away from her mom. But Nicole believes she’ll be back in Maryland with her next year. The Harley shop in Annapolis told her to come back when she graduates. Nicole plans to do just that in December.