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Macomb Community College student to receive scholarship at North American Council of Automotive Teachers annual conference

– Tuesday, July 11, 2017 12:00PM

NACAT conference will be held at Macomb’s South Campus July 16-21

Macomb Community College automotive service technology student Alix Rivard, 24, of Warren, will receive the 2017 NACAT Education Foundation Host School Student Scholarship during the annual North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) conference.  Rivard will receive a $1,000 scholarship to help with her educational costs as she pursues an associate degree. As part of the application process, she described why she is pursuing an automotive career, her personal career goals and how the scholarship would make a difference in her life.

“I started out as a photographer focusing mostly on cars, and, at 18, I fell in love with the engineering side,” said Rivard. “Struggling with the costs of an education and maintaining a home at the same time has been difficult. This scholarship will take a lot of the heat off and let me focus on my ultimate goal of moving into a position where I can help produce racing engines.”

The scholarship will be awarded during the NACAT conference banquet on Thursday, July 20, at the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights.

The NACAT conference will be held at Macomb Community College’s South Campus in Warren July 16 – 21. Hosting more than 150 high school and community college automotive educators, the four-day event will include technical seminars, educator training and sponsor sessions.  The conference will feature keynote speakers Brian Baker, independent consultant and instructor at the Center for Creative Studies who will speak on teaching automotive passion to the next generation, and Timothy Anness, head of Jeep’s front wheel drive exterior design team, who will cover design expectations for a new generation consumer.  Technical sessions will focus on a variety of specific aspects of automotive technology.

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