Student Success Story, Dylan Merkel
May 05, 2015
Every weekday for almost two years, Dylan Merkel’s been driving three hours round trip to participate in Cuyahoga Community College’s Automotive Technology Program.
The 20-year-old Hubbard resident won a Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association (GCADA) competition in 2013 and decided to use his scholarship money to attend Tri-C. Merkel said he could have gone to a bigger college or university, but he chose Tri-C because he felt its “facility was better.”
Presently, he’s enrolled in the College’s General Motors Automotive Service Education Program (GM ASEP) and will graduate in May with an Associate of Applied Science.
Merkel’s favorite things about the program include small class sizes, which mean a lot of one-on-one time with professors, and engaging with the same group of people every day.
“If we need help, we just ask each other,” he said. “Everybody’s in the same classes, so we all know what’s going on.”
Merkel’s ultimate goal is to own his own shop. However, before he does, he wants to work for a few years—either at Spitzer Autoworld in Lordstown, his current place of employment, or somewhere else.
He chose this field because he likes “fixing things,” and said the best part about the profession is “it doesn’t get monotonous because every job is different.”