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posted Apr 10, 2013 - 2:36:14pm
Cragg Thompson achieved his dream of becoming a watercraft technician despite hardships.
WyoTech – Daytona selected Cragg Thompson as the school’s 2012 Dream Award. He is a recent graduate from the marine specialist program with emphasis on advanced marine. The award recognizes graduates who have overcome extraordinary obstacles to complete their post-secondary education and find success in their chosen fields.
While working in retail management, Thompson realized he wanted to pursue his dream of becoming a watercraft technician. He enrolled at WyoTech-Daytona as a full-time student, while also maintaining a full-time job.
During his tenure at WyoTech, Thompson had a series of life changing events, which included serious health issues, financial hardships and family problems. Due to housing issues, Thompson and his family were left financially strained. His wife was diagnosed with a chronic illness and he became the legal guardian of his grandchildren in order to provide them with a more stable home environment.
Throughout his struggles, Thompson excelled in the marine specialist program at WyoTech. He quickly became a class leader and achieved “Eagle Tech” status, which requires a student to have a 4.0 grade point average with an outstanding attendance record throughout the year. He was also accepted into the National Technical Honors Society.
“Cragg’s resilience proves that anyone’s dream can come true with hard work and determination,” said Jenny Davis, Student Services Director at WyoTech’s Daytona campus. “We are proud to have such a positive influence on our campus.”
After his graduation, Thompson accepted a position at Global Maritek in Tamarac, Florida. As a Dream Award winner, he was presented with a $2,500 scholarship to pursue advanced programs.
WyoTech is a division of Corinthian Colleges Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. With six campuses located throughout the United States, WyoTech offers degree and diploma programs in the fields of automotive, diesel, collision/refinishing, motorcycle, marine and construction trades. In addition, WyoTech offers advanced training programs in applied service management; advanced diesel; light duty diesel; advanced automotive diagnostics; street rod and custom fabrication; motorsports chassis fabrication; high performance power trains; and trim and upholstery technology. For more information about WyoTech, go to www.wyotech.edu. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.wyotech.edu/disclosures.
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