In the last couple of weeks there have been two events in which the personalities of Gale Banks Engineering and WyoTech Technical Institute have crossed paths. WyoTech is the leader in education when it comes to hands on training in the areas of Automotive, Diesel, Collision Refinishing and Hot Rod/Custom Vehicle fabrication. Banks has taken an interest in supporting WyoTech because of the quality and employability of the students that they produce. Two WyoTech graduates currently work in the Banks Race Shop prepping the D-Max type R for its racing debut.
The first event that brought us together recently was the Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the opening of the new WyoTech campus in Sacramento, CA. The ceremony was hosted by WyoTech Sacramento Campus President, Jeff Dorricott (shown in center of photo). Gale was invited as a VIP, and he along with Dick Roth (shown at right in photo), from the Bureau of Automotive Repair cut the ribbon. It is exciting to be involved with a school that not only prepares people for work in the automotive industry in general, but also recognizes the automotive aftermarket segment and equips students with knowledge that is applicable to our needs.
Two of the Banks Sidewinder All-Terrain vehicles were on hand for the festivities, and they were certainly a hit with the students.
Next, it was a trip to the main WyoTech campus in Laramie, Wyoming to present a scholarship to a worthy student. More than 40 students applied and Gale Banks Engineering was pleased to present a check in the amount of $5600 to Michael Opie. By the time Michael graduates in March 2006, he will have completed all the courses that WyoTech offers, and up to this point he has maintained a 92% in his class work and a perfect attendance record. This is exactly the type of student that Gale Banks Engineering looks forward to employing.
If you are looking for a place to learn automotive skills, WyoTech (www.wyotech.com) is certainly worth your consideration. With the addition of a Light Duty-Diesel Program in the near future, the partnership between Banks and WyoTech is only going to get stronger.