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Student Profile: Carlos Jimenez

Spring 2011 | Archives

At 57, Diesel Technology Student Keeps Driving Forward

Carlos Jimenez

Vital Stats

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Academic Program: Diesel Technology

Hobbies: Creating wood carvings by hand, including small figurines or letters.

Personal Philosophy: "I believe in positive things and positive people. When you want to do something and the thing isn't easy, you go through whatever you have to, and at the end, you accomplish it. When I see people all over the world doing that, I pay attention."

Carlos Jimenez worked as a mechanic for years, learning the industry as he went along, but he always hoped he could one day get the formal training to back up his skills.

At age 57, Jimenez enrolled as a full-time student in MCC's Diesel Technology Program. As he works toward an associate degree, he is learning the theory and gaining the practice he needs to fix heavy trucks and equipment the right way and navigate the latest technology such big rigs employ. "I really like it because my instructor is a very hands-on type of guy," he said. "We don't just read about it. We actually work on the equipment."

Students in MCC's Diesel Technology Program get plenty of practice in the 43,000-square foot Applied Technology Center, where ample lab space allows trades students to hone their skills with the latest equipment and technologies.

Originally from Mexico, Jimenez has lived in the U.S. for 40 years as a legal resident. Here, he worked hard and raised two children, now adults. He came to Omaha with the dream of going back to school. "Now is the time for me to do what I want to do and achieve what I always wanted," he said.

Four days a week, Jimenez heads to the Applied Technology Center to practice the latest technologies and procedures. Sure, an associate degree will open up employment doors, but Jimenez is more excited that when he removes the next transmission from a big rig, he knows he has the training and experience to take his work to the next level.

Graduation couldn't come sooner. "I'm excited about it," he said. "I think I'll be very happy. I'll be jumping up and down."

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