Englewood, Ohio – Matthew (Matt) Robbins, Brookville resident and Director of Operations for Eaton Community Schools, was inducted into the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 6, 2016, during the All Advisory Dinner. Robbins, a 1990 graduate of West Carrollton High School, attended the Diesel Mechanics program at MVCTC (when it was known as Montgomery County Joint Vocational School).
Matt started at MCJVS/MVCTC as a Diesel Mechanics student in September 1988, little did he know that he would become an integral part of MVCTC for the next 28-years. Mr. John Hanson asked the very first day of school if anyone was interested in maintaining the school busses after school and Matt was the only one who held up a hand. As a junior student, he began working three hours a day after school each day and all day in the summer. After graduation in 1990, he was offered a full-time job. For the next 26 years, Matt would be invaluable as a Maintenance Technician for MVCTC.
In addition to the basic job responsibilities of a Maintenance Technician, which included everything from performing minor repairs to the buildings and grounds to clearing snow, Matt was responsible for maintaining all of the District vehicles, overseeing the scheduling of all trips, and supervising a staff of 15 part-time drivers. In addition, Matt scheduled and performed driver training, annual physicals, and assisted with the hiring of drivers for the District. Matt was asked to absorb these additional duties many years ago and, through his meticulous attention to detail, he created a viable and sustainable process for ensuring the safety of students and the completeness of District Transportation records.
In 2009-2010, Matt was a member of the first 21st Century Leadership Academy held in the State of Ohio. This program was started by MVCTC as an opportunity to help develop leadership potential for any employee of MVCTC.
Matt is an innovative thinker and helped with the development of new systems at MVCTC, including the new Transportation Scheduler introduced in 2015. In August of 2016, Matt accepted the new position as Director of Operations at Eaton Community Schools. He is supervising facilities, maintenance, and transportation for Eaton. Matt will go out of his way to help anyone in need.
Over the years of his career, Matt has volunteered countless hours of his time and energy to assist MVCTC in any way he can. Matt has also found time to volunteer to help the local (Brookville) community theater building sets, running lights and sound, as well as helping out at the local high school with the sets for theater shows.
Matt shared the following about her MVCTC education, “MCJVS/MVCTC was the best decision I ever made. I am a hands-on person and did not do well in traditional classroom settings. When I chose to attend MCJVS/MVCTC, I was excited to be at school and engaged in my work, while learning skills that kick-started my career.”
The ten new MVCTC Hall of Fame members received a special crystal award presented to them by MVCTC Superintendent Dr. Nick Weldy and Director of Instruction Mrs. Rhonda Phillips at a dinner meeting attended by over 350 program advisory members. Their portraits will be displayed in the school and their names will join the other 49 names engraved on a perpetual Hall of Fame plaque in the student activity center. MVCTC Hall of Fame members are inducted every five years from nominations that come from educators, family members, business, and employers. Mrs. Cathy Hutton, Northmont Area Chamber of Commerce Director; Mr. Eddie Mowen, Editor for the Register-Herald, and Ohio Representative Jeff Rezabek judged the Hall of Fame nominations this year.
Dr. Nick Weldy, MVCTC Superintendent, stated “We are proud to honor our returning alumni who have been so successful after leaving the Miami Valley Career Technology Center! Their former instructors provided a firm foundation to assist them in building careers that have blossomed. I appreciate the fact that all of the inductees returned to campus from across the United States to participate in the ceremony and show their dedication to our current mission of educating students to be career and college ready. They serve as inspiring role models for our current students. I congratulate each of our inductees and wish them the best of luck in their quest for continued success.”
For more information about MVCTC, please visit www.mvctc.com.
For over 45-years, MVCTC has been providing career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties, including Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren Counties. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.
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Photo: MVCTC 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee, Matthew Robbins with MVCTC Superintendent, Dr. Nick Weldy.