EDITOR:On May 9, The Daily News ran a wonderful sports article about my son, Ryan, and his friends Andy and Anthony. It spotlighted their racing accomplishments while attending college at the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima, Ohio. Rich Henrion, Auto Tech Instructor at the Dick-Iron Tech Center, followed up with an editorial called "Living the dream."
I want to add to that editorial.
Those boys are truly "Living their dreams."
The experiences they have been exposed to while attending UNOH and participating on the race team is invaluable. But it is not all fun and games and there is a lot of hard work involved.
Everyone who makes the team is not only committed to racing, they are held to high academic and proficiency standards.
With the economy the way it is, it will become even more important for parents to search for ways to give their children the competitive edge they're going to need when they enter the workforce. The Voc Center staff, including Mr. Henrion, does a fantastic job preparing their students for various technical career opportunities and supporting their dreams after they leave high school. Their students are motivated by hands-on learning.
Future employers benefit because Voc classes not only teach the importance of education and a trade but also superior work ethics and disciplines. The Dickinson-Iron Tech Center is a huge asset for our local school districts and our children.
I appreciate all the instructors at the Voc who care about their students and encourage them to "Live their dreams."