Pictured, left to right, Blake Forward, Cameron Anderson, Jacob Bailey, Jacob Crum
It’s not unusual to discover several Ranken Tech grads on the payroll of our industry partners. Machens Ford Dealership in Columbia, Missouri is one such company. Jared Phillippe, service advisor, warranty administrator, and service manager, tells us he currently has four of our graduates working on his team. “All four are great technicians with tons of knowledge and great work ethics. We couldn’t be any happier with the quality of techs we have seen come from Ranken. We look forward to continuing to recruit and employing more like them. We’ve heard rumors about Ranken opening a location in our region and we’d love to see that happen.”
On his team are automotive maintenance graduates: Jacob Bailey and Cameron Anderson (2020), Blake Forward (Magna Cum Laude, 2019), and Jacob Crum (Summa Cum Laude, 2017). Jacob Crum also graduated from Ranken’s Bachelor of Science in Applied Management (BSAM) Summa Cum Laude in 2018.
Jacob Bailey shared, “Ranken set me up to meet some of the greatest friends that I have now and gave me the opportunity to work my way up in one of the biggest Ford dealers in Missouri. I made so many great memories at Ranken.” Jared Phillippe says, “Jacob Bailey came to us work-ready and well trained. Jacob was recently promoted from technician to service advisor. He’s self-motivated and we love him here.”
Andrew Jesse, Ranken Automotive Certified Dealership Technician Program instructor, explained, “Machens Ford in Columbia is a tremendous industry partner and is key to the success of these students. Each of these students has a unique skill set and their dealership is helping them to continue to develop those skills. Jacob Crum is now a Ford Certified Senior Master Technician, Cameron Anderson & Blake Forward are advancing towards the senior master level, and Jacob Bailey is currently pursuing the path to service management by working as a service advisor at his dealership.”