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Michelin holds “Signing Day” for Technical Scholars program

Picture of Michel Technical ScholarsMichelin North America’s Lexington manufacturing site held a ‘Signing Day’ ceremony for area high school students who have been selected to further their education at Midlands Technical College, as part of Michelin’s Technical Scholar program.

Eight students from area high schools in Lexington School District One and Lexington/Richland School District 5 were chosen as Michelin Technical Scholars. In fall 2017, they will enroll in Midlands Technical College’s Electronic Engineering Technology and Associate in General Technology (Mechatronics) degree programs.  The students, through Michelin’s Technical Scholars program, will receive full scholarships covering their tuition, fees and books.  The students will also work part-time at Michelin, earning on-the-job training and experience in their chosen field. Each of the students selected for the program has exhibited the potential for a career as a technician with Michelin.

Students receiving the scholarships include:

  • James Daniel Phillips – White Knoll High School
  • Tyler Blaine Martin – White Knoll High School
  • Kameron Thomas Keisler – River Bluff High School
  • Jacob Lee O’Neal – Pelion High School
  • Dylan Blake Frost – Gilbert High School
  • Katelyn Elise Bosma – Chapin High School
  • Ross Carlyle Gilbert – Dutch Fork High School
  • Quinten Thomas Epting – Midlands Technical College

“The Michelin Tech Scholars program is one of Michelin’s innovative approaches to workforce development. It is the perfect partnership between industry, K-12 education and the Technical College System,” according to Michael Williams, Facility Personnel Manager for the Lexington passenger tire manufacturing plant. “Like college athletic ‘signing days,’ we’re here to celebrate with this ‘career signing day.’”

“These students are signing with Midlands Technical College as well as Michelin,” said MTC President Ronald L. Rhames. “We are very proud to welcome these outstanding individuals to the MTC family. MTC and Michelin North America have a proven history of partnerships. MTC provides technically minded students with the best education possible. Michelin provides the scholarships that help those students succeed. I hope this signing day is the first of many more we will celebrate for years to come.”