Charles Martin works on a Jeep in the North Platte Community College Automotive Technology shop on Monday. Martin is NPCC's Applied Technology Student of the Month for April.
Charles Martin has been named as the Applied Technology Student of the Month for April at North Platte Community College.
Martin grew up Lemont Furnace, Pa., but moved to Sidney, Nebraska when he was 17-years-old. He graduated from Sidney High School in May of 2011 and joined the U.S. Marines the following September.
Martin was stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C. until his active duty contract ended in 2015. At that point, Martin and his wife, whom he had gone to school with in Sidney, decided to move back to Nebraska to be closer to her family.
"I searched for schools with an automotive program in Nebraska, and NPCC offered exactly what I wanted - only an hour away from my wife's parents," Martin said.
The couple moved to North Platte in August of 2015, and he started classes two weeks later.
"My favorite part about NPCC is the people," said Martin. "The students, for the most part, are all working toward common goals. They strive to learn and do great things, and the instructors do their best to ensure that [the students] graduate as well-prepared individuals."
Mike Janecek, automotive instructor, nominated Martin for the Student of the Month recognition based on what he has seen Martin accomplish.
"Charles knows that it is his responsibility to learn the material once it is presented," said Janecek. "He works hard to transform what is learned in the classroom to hands on-skills."
Martin will graduate in May with an associate degree in Automotive Technology, but he will not be finished at NPCC.
He is enrolled in the college's two-year Classic Car Restoration Program, which consists of two semesters of Automotive Technology and two semesters of Auto Body. Martin will start learning the auto body portion this summer.
He is also taking business classes and is working toward an associate degree in Business with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship.