SAN FRANCISCO – A graduate of Northeast Community College has been recognized nationally for his work in the classroom.
Preston Dickau, Atkinson, a 2019 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar, has been awarded $1,250 in scholarship funding. He was honored with other New Century scholars during the Association of Community College Trustees’ 50th Annual Congress in San Francisco recently.
The scholarship is the first of its kind to support students at associate degree-granting institutions who plan to enter the workforce upon the completion of a degree or certificate on a national scale. The program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).
Dickau graduated from Northeast in May with a degree in auto body repair technology. He is employed by Ernie’s Auto Body in Atkinson.
“Education helps ensure that young people can realize their full potential,” said Helen Smith Price, president of The Coca-Cola Foundation. “The Coca-Cola Foundation places a high priority on supporting education to help build strong communities.”
New Century Workforce Pathway Scholars were selected based on their academic accomplishments, leadership, activities, and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. Over 2,000 students were nominated from more than 1,200 college campuses across the country. Only one New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar was selected from each state.
“Preston was a great student with an exceptional work ethic and a genuine desire to learn new things,” said Dave Beaduette, Northeast auto body technology instructor. “He is a true leader who presents himself well and always has a good attitude - making him a great addition to any business. I certainly enjoyed having him in the auto body program!”
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of college students to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters, including one at Northeast, in 10 nations.
The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world.
Northeast Community College auto body technology graduate Preston Dickau, of Atkinson, was honored as a 2019 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar during the Association of Community College Trustees’ 50th Annual Congress in San Francisco recently. Also pictured are Dr. Monica Marlow, executive director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation (left) and Dora Wong, director of public affairs and communications for the Coca-Cola Company.