The Daily Express

Bluffton Man Receives Skilled Trades Award at Owens Community College

  Tyler Bricker of Bluffton recently was honored as the initial "Outstanding Graduate in Skilled Trades" at Owens Community College, recognizing his outstanding academic achievement in skilled trades.

  A graduate of Bluffton High School, Bricker has been employed at GROB Systems since 1997 as a tool and die apprentice. The GROB Bluffton facility - one of three machine tool plants worldwide - manufactures various products for automotive manufactures and their suppliers all over the world. GROB employees attend in-house classes provided by Owens to fulfill academic requirements of their apprenticeship programs.

  Bricker, a Skilled Trades Technologies Mechanical Major, was selected from all of the Owens Skilled Trades graduates this spring. He graduated with a 3.97 grade point average, achieving a perfect 4.0 in three of his four semesters. He also is active in the community, volunteering in a Sports Med Department and area nursing home.

  He also received a digital caliper donated by T&S Tool Supply of Holland, Ohio, as part of this honor.

  This year, the Center for Development and Training at Owens Community College established this award to honor Owens graduates majoring in a Skilled Trades program. Sponsored by GROB Systems, Inc., it will be presented to an outstanding Owens' graduate each year at Fall and Spring Commencements.

  To be eligible, a student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and complete a personal interview and an application detailing their involvement in college, community, employment and career activities.



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