Profile of Excellence:
Owens Community College Alumnus
Cory Dippold grew up in Maria Stein, Ohio. He loved fixing things and helped his school custodian because he found it so interesting.
After graduating from high school, he realized he didn't really know what he wanted to do. His cousin was attending Owens Community College in Automotive Technology, so Dippold decided to give Owens a try. He chose to major in Building Maintenance.
"I could tell right away how different Owens was. While all my friends were learning from professional teachers, I was learning from professionals who taught," said Dippold.
Many of his classes were hands on, which was the perfect learning environment for Dippold.
"I wasn't a big studier and the labs and hands-on learning were a big benefit to me," said Dippold.
He graduated in 1995 and went to work for a local HVAC company. While he was attending Owens and working, he recognized that he missed his church leadership program from back home.
He decided he wanted to continue his education in a field where he could be a mentor for young people.He began searching for the opportunity to mentor while he worked and attended college.
In 2000, he found that opportunity with Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership, a leadership organization. He served as a volunteer facilitator for a weekend summer seminar.
"I found the experience hugely inspirational and eye opening. I realized my passion was youth development. Just like my professors at Owens, I wanted to motivate students," said Dippold.
He volunteered in his spare time for five years and he met his own mentor, David Schlaudecker, the Youth Director of Leadership Toledo, a Toledo non-profit that offers leadership training for students and adults.
"I was so jealous that he could get paid for youth development full time," said Dippold.
Eventually, Dippold emailed Schlaudecker and asked how to get a job in the same field. To his surprise, the youth development position had just opened up because his mentor had received a promotion.
In January 2005, Dippold began his professional career as a Youth Director at Leadership Toledo. Now he works with groups of students every year and teaches them to be leaders and inspire them to make a difference in the world.
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