GREENVILLE — Calling himself “very surprised,” longtime Greenville High School Auto Tech instructor Jim Anderson received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Tech Prep Showcase Competition held at Sinclair Community College on April 13.
Anderson, who has taught auto technology at Greenville High School for the past 33 years, was presented the award by the Miami Valley Tech Prep Consortium (MVTPC) in recognition for his efforts and contributions made to auto tech students.
Wendell Meyers, a director and program manager at MVTPC, said Anderson “sets the standard” for tech prep instructors.
“He knows how to do tech prep,” he said. “His teams have won eight national awards. He brings in countless donations to the program from businesses and industry. Ninety-nine percent of the students who enter his tech prep program graduate. That’s astronomical.”
Meyers added, “The big thing with him is not only is he a good professional, he is good personally with both students and the community. They truly love him.”
Anderson’s award was a double victory for the school this April, which saw the Greenville Auto Tech Presentation Team win the regional competition and move on to a state-level SkillsUSA competition scheduled for April 26-27.
Last year’s presentation team made it the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky, coming home with a third-place finish. This year’s project involves alternative fuels and data collected through the use of an electric-powered Chevy Volt.
Anderson began his career as a co-op student at Schultz Motors in Greenville. In addition to his 33 years at Greenville schools, he has been involved with MVTPC for almost 20 years.
“I’m very honored to even be recognized,” Anderson said. “As long as it honors the work of my students, I’m all for it. Everything I do in education is to benefit students in this program.”
The Miami Valley Tech Prep Consortium nurtures partnerships with educators and employers to create seamless career-technical education programs that begin in the junior year of high school and continue through an associate degree and beyond. The consortium provides a range of services to 45 high schools and career centers in Ohio. Students participating in Tech Prep programs are eligible to earn college credit and a $3,000 Sinclair Tech Prep scholarship award.