ASA & Ohio Technical College Already Seeing Success by Working Together
"The ASA Educational Series has been a tremendous partner in education and we are looking forward to being able to provide the opportunity for more students across the U.S. to gain exposure to the racing industry and a quality education," Tom King, Director of Enrollment Management at Ohio Technical College said. "OTC is proud to be associated with the ASA Educational Series and opportunity to continue to help students realize their dreams of an education and a career in their chosen field. We are excited to see the series expand this year and to have the opportunity for more students to be exposed to ASA racing and the chance for scholarships to help them achieve their career aspirations."
Recently, two meetings were held at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, WI and Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells, WI, both ASA Member Tracks. Over 30 students were in attendance to learn about the program.
"After a successful set of meetings at both the Madison International Speedway and the Dells Raceway Park on April 10, I feel that we are ahead of what we have done in the past. More quality students want to be involved and the response from the parents at both meetings was extremely positive, and also satisfying for me," Randy Dziadowicz, Western Regional Admissions Manager for Ohio Technical College said. "I have also noticed that more race teams have taken notice of the program. As I said in my closing remarks at the MIS meeting--'it's about giving young people an opportunity and it is great to see the racing community, ASA, and Ohio Technical College work hand-in-hand to create a worthwhile experience for young people."
Dziadowicz has been very busy traveling to different high schools recruiting students to attend Ohio Technical College. And now as he and other OTC recruiters visit with students and their families, they are now able to offer something unique to their future students who live near an ASA Member Track, that is a scholarship just for working with a race team during the summer.
Once OTC gets a commitment from a qualified student, they will have that opportunity to partner up with a local race team and learn more with the hands on experience they will receive by working in the race shop and at the track on race day. Some may even get behind the wheel and race themselves.
This is a competitive program with the students earning points towards scholarship awards as they work with the race team they are assigned to. They will keep a logbook of their participation. At the end of the summer program, they will also submit an essay about their experience. ASA Educational Series Director Larry Pond will then review each students log book, essay and performance of the race team they were a part of to determine the total points each earned during the program. These points will determine the level of Ohio Technical College scholarships each earn. The scholarships range from $2500 to $20,000. Students can earn points each year they are in the program and the scholarships will be awarded at the end of their senior year in High School.
"OTC has a very high standard of which students qualify to be part of many well known automotive programs available," Pond said. "By asking the students to keep a logbook and submitting an essay to us will prove to everyone that they are ready to take their education to the next level. Our partnership with OTC is simple, they find the qualified students and we use our ASA Member Tracks and teams for a unique classroom environment."
The program is already receiving national attention from all over the motorsport industry including Circle Track Magazine has been covering the ASA Educational Series from its infancy. "We at Circle Track believe that the ASA Educational Series is a tremendously important program that all high schools should seriously consider. Not only does it blend education with motorsports but the program gives kids opportunities for the future they otherwise wouldn't have," Robert Fisher, Editor of Circle Track magazine said. "And that is important not only for the motorsports industry but for today's youth as well. Circle Track will be closely following the development and expansion of the ASA Educational Series, both in our magazine and online at www.circletrack.com."
For both ASA and OTC, the reward is simple...seeing students succeed and get rewarded by having a career they desired. The partnership is very focused on that and it is the number one priority for this program to be successful.
This is the start of a long relationship that will see growth as more ASA Member Tracks open their pits and shops to students who are just looking for that opportunity to get their foot in the door.
The ASA Educational Series is co-sponsored by ASA-Racing and Ohio Technical College, the 2009 #1 rated technical college in the US. For more information on the program, go to www.asa-racing.com and click on the ASA Educational Series link on the right side of the ASA Racing home page.
For more information about Ohio Technical College, please visit www.ohiotechnicalcollege.com.