HeavenModl 5 18 2017OWENSBORO, Ky. (5/18/17) — Heaven Modl, was a sophomore high school student at Apollo and never thought a campus visit would change her life. Once she visited the auto/diesel labs at Owensboro Community and Technical College she became excited about learning more. Modl then began taking dual credit courses in the Diesel Technology program at OCTC and knew that she had found her passion.

OCTC secured a National Science Foundation grant to support alternative fuel training for the auto/diesel programs. The Cummins corporation became involved with the grant through in-kind donations that allowed the students to build a compressed natural gas engine trainer, which when purchased new costs about $50,000. “The partnership with Cummins began with through OCTC’s participation in the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, and since then has grown. These kinds of connections benefit the students in numerous ways and expose them to new opportunities” added Mike Rodgers, Interim Chief Academic Officer at OCTC.

Modl was very interested in Cummins and found the scholarship/internship application online. Cummins then reached out to OCTC and wanted to learn more about Modl. After an informal interview, she completed an in-depth application, an aptitude test, and then had a formal interview with Cummins. All her hard work paid off and she has been awarded a $8,000 scholarship to cover two years of classes at OCTC, and a paid internship from Cummins Sales and Service / Diesel Motors and Generators in Evansville. Modl is the first female to be awarded this internship. She is also the first student from OCTC to have earned this honor.

Modl recently completed her junior year at Apollo but has enough credits to qualify for early graduation, this May.

Dr. Scott Williams, OCTC President commented, “Heaven is a great example for other students, she followed her passion and took the initiative to express interest in the internship. We hope this inspires other students and in particular females to explore some non-traditional career options.”

While Modl will begin classes at OCTC in August she will have to wait to begin the paid internship until she turns 18. As a bonus once she successfully completes the internship program, Modl will be guaranteed two years of employment at Cummins.

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