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Strong Work Ethic Key to Student's Success

MARIETTA, OH (April 6, 2017)--Don Jox is burning the candle at both ends as he’s making his mark in the education arena at Washington State Community College (WSCC). The 59-year-old entrepreneur runs his small business, goes to school full-time, is actively involved on campus and manages to maintain honors-level grades. While his active life leaves little time for sleep, it has gained him some notoriety on campus as April’s Student of the Month.

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February Student of the Month is a Distinguished Over-Achiever

MARIETTA, OH (Feb. 2, 2017)—Being selected as February Student of the Month at Washington State Community College (WSCC) isn't high school senior Brittany Martin's first recognition for doing more than expected. Her hard work and dedication in the classroom will culminate this spring when she receives two associate degrees from WSCC at the same time she graduates from high school.

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January Student of the Month Breaking with Stereotypes

MARIETTA, OH (Jan. 19, 2017)--Brittany Reed grew up in the garage alongside her Dad. Some of her earliest memories are of her learning tools so she could help him under the hood. Her formative years turning wrenches was the beginning of her life's passion that ultimately led her to Washington State Community College (WSCC) to pursue a degree in Automotive Technology. In the classroom, her skill, desire, and overall zeal earned her recognition as January's Student of the Month.

In a profession that sees very few female mechanics (less than 1% of diesel mechanics are women), Reed is among a pioneering group blazing a trail for women in the garage. But she doesn't necessarily identify herself as an advocate for the future of women gear heads. "I don't think women should be more receptive to this career path, explained Reed. "I think women should do what makes them comfortable, and if what makes them comfortable is a man's career, don't be afraid to pursue it and do it well."

As part of a classroom requirement, Reed maintains a weekly blog. Her perspective, knowledge, and wit there make her a stand-out student beyond the classroom. Recently, her blog received national attention from the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) and Luscious Garage, a California-based female-owned service center that has been featured in prominent publications such as The New York Times. "Important people are taking note of what's she's doing," said WSCC Auto Diesel Assistant Professor Jeffrey Starkey. Carolyn Coquillette, owner of Luscious Garage, is currently in contact with Reed to set up a private tour of her shop in San Francisco.

"It's obvious she loves working on these big trucks. I see it in her work and how she conducts herself," Starkey said. "She's not intimidated by the gender expectation. She comes to class, tackles the work and proves herself worthy every day. She's definitely going places."

Reed acknowledges she has found success by following her heart. "The way I see it, to succeed you need to do what you're good at, get better at it and make a life doing what you love," she reasoned. She is working toward her Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology with an emphasis in Diesel Truck Systems and is considering expanding her education into engineering. Presently, Reed is enjoying an internship at McMahon Truck Center, but has long-term aspirations to move out West and expand her skill in performance vehicles and ultimately race top-performance dragsters.

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Reception Planned for WSCC's Fall Graduation and December Student of the Month Recognized

MARIETTA, OHIO (December 6, 2016)--Washington State Community College (WSCC) will hold a reception for the fall 2016 graduating class on December 7. Cody Lee, one of the top performers of his class, in addition to receiving his diploma, is being recognized as the December Student of the Month.

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WSCC Honors Veteran as November Student of the Month

MARIETTA, OH (November 9, 2016)—Timothy McDaniel credits his never quit attitude to the United States Marine Corps, which he relies on as a student at Washington State Community College (WSCC). His approach and dedication to learning has earned him the honor of November's Student of the Month.

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