EASTERN Alumni Spotlight: Nick Hawthorne, Automotive Technology

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2017 Automotive Technology / Archbishop Wood High School alum, Nick Hawthorne, has been serving in the U.S. Army since he graduated from high school. Last April, he graduated from the United States Army Airborne School and is currently with his unit in Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he works as an airborne wheeled vehicle mechanic and a paratrooper. As an airborne wheeled vehicle mechanic, Hawthorne trouble shoots, repairs and maintains Humvees, LMTVs and other military vehicles.

Hawthorne developed a love of cars at a young age. While in tenth grade, he heard about the career and technical program at EASTERN from a friend who was attending the Collision Repair Technology program. After visiting EASTERN, he decided to enroll in the Automotive Technology program. Hawthorne did exceedingly well in the Automotive Technology program and was selected as the student representative for EASTERN’s Executive Advisory Committee during his senior year.

“Through my experiences at EASTERN, I learned my trade and how to excel in it,” said Hawthorne. “I was also able to be myself, which brought out confidence and leadership abilities that I didn’t even know I had. Throughout my two years in EASTERN’s Automotive Technology program, I maintained one of the highest-grade point averages in my class and competed in many competitions. The confidence and technical skills I obtained have been so helpful in my Army career. I strive to be a professional and to
perform my duties to the best of my ability. I owe a debt of gratitude to my instructors, Mr. Stahl and Ms. Penecale, and all the staff at EASTERN for helping me to achieve above and beyond what I thought was my potential. It is in full confidence that I can say that EASTERN was the best academic decision for me and my career.”

Enlisting in the Army was always a goal for Hawthorne. He wanted to follow in the footsteps of his cousin who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces, and his uncle, a Vietnam Veteran who served 23 years in the Marine Corp. As he continues his career, he plans to attend Ranger School, Air Assault School, and attend the Drill Sergeant Academy. Once he becomes a Non-commissioned Officer, he plans to work toward becoming a member of the Special Forces. After the military, Hawthorne would like to be a high school teacher or a police officer to continue to serve in the community.

Automotive Technology at EASTERN is designed for students who is serious about working in the automotive industry. Career objective include Automotive Technician Trainee, Under Car Specialist, and New Car Preparation Technician. Learn more here – www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/aut/.

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