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  • Commercial Truck Technology Program Prepares Students for the Long Haul
     

    Commercial Truck Technology Program Prepares Students for the Long Haul
    Jim Clifford Jr.

    July 27, 2015 -- Jim Clifford Jr.’s fascination with trucks began during childhood.

    “I played with my share of Tonka toys when I was a kid – trucks, bulldozers, just about anything Tonka made,” Clifford said. “I knew very early that trucks were going to be a part of my life.”

    This “child’s play” certainly paid off. Clifford parlayed his love of “all things big and mechanical” into a career as a heavy equipment technician for Ross Environmental Services, of Grafton. The company specializes in hazardous and industrial waste management.

    “Hauling industrial waste is a huge responsibility, so we take big pride in maintaining our vehicles,” said Clifford, who also services tow motors, back hoes and metal shredders.

    In February (2014), the Ross trucking fleet celebrated three million safe driving miles, the equivalent of traveling six times to the moon and back, according to the company web site.


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  • A Cut Above the Rest: Stylist doo-ing it differently
     

    A Cut Above the Rest: Stylist doo-ing it differently
    Jessica Nguyen

    July 22, 2015 -- Change is never easy.

    But the fact of the matter is that at one time or another, we all make life-changing, career decisions.

    For instance, when Jessica Nguyen decided to further her education, she chose career-technical education and the Lorain County JVS over college.

    “I gave college a try, but there was a language barrier,” said Nguyen, who is Vietnamese. “I struggled with reading materials and had no help tutoring. It wasn’t the right choice for me, especially financially.”

    Nguyen and her fiancé were struggling enough providing for their newborn daughter.


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