Fayette resident goes from miner to mechanic

[GHENT, W.VA.] “I was tired of getting laid off from work,” said Micheal T. Hicks. “My grandfather and father worked in the mines, and I did too. For over eight years, I would work, save up money and then get laid off. I needed more stability for my family.”

Hicks, a Fayette County resident, chose New River Community and Technical College’s automotive program because he enjoyed working on cars.

“I like to make things work again,” he explained. “I like trying to figure out what is causing a problem and then fixing it. Learning about the electrical components is very helpful with this.”

New River CTC offers both certificate and associate degree automotive programs at the Advanced Technology Center, Ghent. The 30-credit hour certificate program prepares students to work as maintenance and light repair technicians, and the 60 credit hour associate program provides the skills needed for employment as a master automobile service technology technician.

Hicks will complete both the Certificate of Applied Science in Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair and the Associate of Applied Science in Automobile Technology this spring with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). He holds the highest GPA of any student attending classes at the Advanced Technology Center.

For more information about the program, contact Instructional Specialist of Automotive Technology Stuart Gimblin at 304-929-3317 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information about admission to the college and other programs, call 1-866-349-3739 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver/Beckley).


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