Last night was a very momentous occasion. Bill Burnette and our students from our Regional Career Technical Center (RCTC) program got to attend the grand opening ribbon cutting of a business, Dusty's Collision, owned by former student Dusty Whitney. With multiple locations, this particular one is a wonderful resource to our students for learning on-the-job, with a special connection to YCS.
Mr. Burnette remembers Dusty fondly.
"Dusty came to RCTC at the age of 15 and spent 2 1/2 years in our RCTC Collision Repair Class. He was an outstanding student in collision repair and would make his own learning opportunities. At 15 he would see a car wrecked in someone's yard and if he couldn't talk them into selling it to him he would talk them into letting him take it to the high school and they would pay him to repair it.
As his teacher, I told him as that as long as he did what was required of him academically and if he paid for the materials he used, it was a fine way for him to learn. Over the years Dusty has served on our Advisory Board and has been willing to assist us with any needs that we have. It is a great honor for me to not only have been his teacher, but to be able to call him a friend. He is an outstanding young man."
The generous donation of $150,000 (yes, you read that correctly), will be doled out over six years in increments of $25,000 annually. This incredible gift will help RCTC immensely and we're thrilled that our students were invited along with Dusty's family and friends to witness this wonderful event. Many thanks to Mr. Burnette for your continued commitment to academic and career excellence. And a very special thank you to Dusty and your company, Dusty's Collisions, for recognizing need and giving back to education. Congrats, everyone!