Tonisha Harvey graduated from Ranken’s Electrical Automation Technology program in May 2020 and anticipates completing a BS in Applied Management in summer 2022. “Having my Associate Degree in Electrical Automation Technology from Ranken, I was able to bypass the entire training process necessary to become a maintenance helper. I am currently a maintenance technician apprentice at ABB, a 2-year program,” explains Tonisha. “I am the 1st set of eyes on any machine or press, so I’m able to find problems early on, ensuring the machines are properly oiled and lubricated, while always being available to assist the maintenance team. I coordinate and process weekly orders on a timeline monitored by our central offices and am certified to operate all moving vehicles at ABB including forklifts, scissor lifts, and boom trucks.” ABB is a global leader in electrification, process automation, motion, and robotics & discrete automation.

Highly motivated students are in great demand in industry and Ranken faculty are proud and excited to recommend these high performers. Nick Weatherly, electrical automation instructor, shared “Tonisha was my student for three semesters. She impressed me with her dogged determination, work ethic, and initiative. At just over 4 feet tall and less than 100 pounds, she never shirked her responsibilities or complained. Tonisha was always prepared for the day’s lessons and labs and her work was done to a high degree of professionalism. I would be hard pressed to find someone with her focus and determination. She will do well in any endeavor she chooses.”

Understanding Ranken’s grading structure was challenging, but Tonisha soon appreciated how the institution evaluated her work ethic, overall competence, and skills knowledge demonstrated at the college level. She has more than doubled her salary since graduating from Ranken and with more anticipated experience, her earning potential is promising. Tonisha acknowledges,

My Ranken experience was by far the absolute best! I really enjoyed the hands-on approach to learning.  The professors were eager to assist me in any way possible; I thought that was really cool! I honestly recommend Ranken to anyone who has witnessed my career evolution and success. My decision to attend Ranken was the best decision I’ve made in my adult life. I can’t thank Ranken enough for equipping me with the fundamentals to be the best maintenance technician I can be!

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