Joe is a graduate of Newport High School and the Automotive Technology program. 

We received word of Joe's success from his mother, and asked if we would be able to reach out to him to hear the details, and congratulate him. He was more than happy to share his journey post-graduation, that resulted in quite the career in industry so far! Here is what Joe had to say:

 

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I am currently working for Honda of America.”

 

What is your job title and what do you do?

“My job title is a Warranty Technical Specialist in the Market Quality Division. In MQ we receive transmissions that fail out in the market and returned under warranty. The transmissions are installed, tested, disassembled, and analyzed for the failure cause. I write a report summary on the transmission and submit for possible recalls or legal use.”

 

What other employment have you had related to your program areas at CPAVTS?

“My senior year at CPAVTS, I took the opportunity for the Co-op program, I worked at Freysinger Buick, GMC, and Cadillac upon graduation I continued to work there full time until I left for college in the summer of 2014.”

 

What additional education and training did you receive after leaving CPAVTS? Where did you receive it?

Did you feel CPAVTS prepared you for this?

“After I graduated from CPAVTS I attended UNOH in Lima, Ohio. Over my 4 ½ years there I obtained an Associate’s degree in Automotive/High Performance, an Alternative Fuels degree and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. When it came to the Technical side of my schooling, I came into my automotive classes well prepared, most of the information taught was already taught at CPAVTS that I learned at UNOH. This just shows whether you plan to college or not, CPAVTS provides the proper training to succeed and jump start your career.”

 

How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“Everything was different about CPAVTS compared to your normal high school. The biggest difference was it was like coming to work when coming to CPAVTS. Most of the courses are hands on and for someone that loves to work with their hands or is interested in a trade it was great. It beat sitting in a classroom all day, and you were preparing for your career.”

 

How has your industry changed since your time at Cumberland Perry? (Technology, equipment, etc.)

“The automotive industry is changing every minute, the technology has come a long way since 6 years ago at my time at CPAVTS. The cars and the diagnostic aspect have changed substantially, but I always felt I was provided with the right equipment and instructors to learn the basics of my trade at CPAVTS, and I thank you for that!”

 

What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“Favorite? There are too many to list, I enjoyed all the time I spent during the 3 years I spent at CPAVTS. I met a lot of good people and friends, and I learned a lot while doing so. I would recommend not just the Auto Tech program, but CPAVTS to anyone who had an interest in learning a trade and jump starting their career.”