Dean Diaz, a senior in the Warren County Career Center Information Technology program, credits his instructor Ryan Burgess with inspiring him to choose his career in IT. The Little Miami student entered WCCC in the fall of 2016 uncertain of what career field he wanted to pursue.
“I thought IT sounded like fun,” he said. “On that first day, hearing Mr. B talk about IT, and the enthusiasm he has for it made me want to stay in his program. This is my passion now. He has been a role model for me, reminding us every day to be a professional. That has stuck with me, and helps me make good decisions.”
When Dean heard about the Franklin B. Walter Scholarship from his mom and his counselor, he knew he would apply and name Mr. Burgess as his most influential teacher. He was awarded the $500 scholarship and attended a luncheon recently with his instructor to receive his award and read the letter he wrote about Mr. Burgess. The Warren County Educational Service Center sponsors the annual local recognition.
One student from each Warren County school district received the award, which honors students who have exhibited superior academic achievement and recognizes the teachers those students have chosen as having a positive impact in their lives. Dr. Franklin B. Walter was the State of Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction for 14 years. This award was created by the Ohio Educational Service Center Association to honor Dr. Walter’s significant and lasting impact on public education in Ohio.
Dean plans to use his Tech Prep Scholarship to attend Sinclair Community College for the next two years and then transfer to Wright State University to complete a bachelor degree in the IT field. He has an interview soon with an IT company, Forward Edge, and is on his way to his career goal.
“Enrolling at the Career Center was the best decision I have ever made,” he said. “I have a head start on my career, and take advantage of what I am being taught here. They have prepared us for the real world.”
Dean and Mr. Burgess are shown at the awards luncheon with Ohio Sen. Steve Wilson and Ohio Rep. Scott Lipps.