Local student wins toolbox for self, MOCC with video

(From left) Mecosta-Osceola Career Center diesel technology student Cody Schultz and instructor Toni King look over some of the many Matco tools and the toolbox Schultz won in the Lincoln Tech Video Contest and Toolbox Giveaway. (Pioneer photo/Meghan Gunther-Haas)

BIG RAPIDS — Of the thousands of students who participated in the Lincoln Tech Video Contest and Toolbox Giveaway, one local applicant was named a finalist and recently received word he had won the competition.

After hearing about an opportunity to enter the contest, Mecosta-Osceola Career Center student Cody Schultz went home and spent a few hours working to create a video describing the school and his goals after graduation. Schultz plans to use his diesel technology skills to stand out in firefighting, as he will have the knowledge to work on the trucks.

Schultz collaborated with senior students and the instructor of the digital video program at the MOCC to perfect his clip before sending it in for judging.

For his efforts, Schultz won a toolbox and Matco tools, valued at $1,700. Along with tools for himself, Shultz’ win also included a $21,000 Matco toolbox to be used by the diesel technology class.

“We are so excited,” said diesel technology instructor Toni King. “This is unbelievable. To have a product of someone’s hard work that we get to reap the benefits of is pretty awesome. Cody is a great example of the hard work and dedication we need.”

King said Schultz showed career-readiness skills with his drive and initiative in submitting his video.

“We look for passion, goals and video quality,” said Lenny Teske, who presented the toolboxes and tools on Thursday.

He noted Schultz’ video stood out quickly.

“I’m excited to have a good set of tools,” Schultz said, noting the set can help him now in the classroom and later as he moves on from the MOCC. “I’m so thankful for my time here and my instructors.”

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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