Tonisha Harvey graduated from Ranken’s Electrical Automation Technology program in May 2020. She will complete her BS in Applied Management in 2021. “Having my degree in Electrical Automation, I was able to bypass the training process necessary to become a maintenance helper. I am currently a maintenance technician apprentice at ABB, a 2-year program,” explains Tonisha. “I’m the 1st set of eyes on any machine or press, so I find problems early on, ensuring the machines are properly oiled and lubricated. I assist the maintenance team, coordinate weekly orders, and operate all moving vehicles at ABB including forklifts, scissor lifts, and boom trucks.”

Highly motivated students are in great demand in industry; Ranken faculty are proud to recommend these high performers. Nick Weatherly, electrical instructor, says “Tonisha was a student of mine. 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, and her work was done professionally. 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, competence, and skills knowledge demonstrated at the college level. She has more than doubled her salary since graduation and her future earning potential is promising. Tonisha acknowledges, “My Ranken experience was the absolute best! I enjoyed the hands-on approach to learning. My professors were eager to assist me in any way possible; I thought that was really cool! I recommend Ranken to anyone who has witnessed my career evolution and success. Attending Ranken was the best decision I’ve made in my adult life, equipping me with the fundaments to be the best maintenance technician I can be!”

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