Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) student, Jesse Warner of Clare, recently received the Head of the Class award from Malco Products, a major tool manufacturer based in Annandale, Minnesota.

Jesse graduated from Clare High School in 1997 and attended Mid for a short time before realizing he wasn’t ready to make a lifetime career choice.

“I just wasn’t ready to decide on a career,” shared Warner. “When I came back to school in the fall of 2016, it wasn’t just about me, it was about having a brighter future for my family.”

A father of two, Jesse owns a spray insulation business, coaches track and field, and serves as a trustee for his church. Even with all of these commitments, he made his education a priority and completed his Associate Degree in Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning in just 10 months.

“Jesse never missed a day during the program and often arrived early and stayed late to complete projects,” noted Ron Holmes, HRA Lead Faculty at MMCC. “He is the definition of success, and he exceeded all of standards and expectations of the program.”

Jesse spent additional hours in MMCC’s 5,500 square foot HRA Lab completing a project for the annual Student Showcase. His custom bent copper tube creation spelled “HRA at MMCC” and won the President’s Award at the showcase event.

This year marked the 13th for Malco Products’ student recognition program, Head of the Class. Each school term, Malco recognizes outstanding graduates from career education programs. Students are nominated by their program faculty, and winners receive a $400 Malco Tool Kit and a Malco Hat. Since 2005, the program has recognized over 40,000 students attending over 500 technical schools across the U.S.A. and Canada.

“I’m humbled to receive this award,” shared Warner. “All of us in the program worked as a team, helped each other succeed, and committed to becoming graduates. I’m proud of the work we did during the program.”

MMCC recently invested nearly $1 million in upgrades to its 5,500 square foot HRA lab. The lab features real heating and refrigeration units for hands-on learning that prepares students to enter the workforce successfully and quickly. This proved true in Jesse’s case—J.E. Johnson, a large mechanical solutions firm based out of Midland, Michigan, hired him before his official graduation date.

“I’m excited for the next step,” said Warner. “The skills I’ve learned, the recognition I’ve received, and the opportunities I’ve discovered by attending Mid have changed my outlook on the future.”

For more information about MMCC’s HRA Program, visit midmich.edu or contact Ron Holmes at rholmes@midmich.edu or (989) 386-6622 extension 590.

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Angelo Cuellar and Ron Holmes present Jesse Warner with his Head of the Class Award.

 
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