Triplett Tech celebrates 50th anniversary

Triplett Tech celebrates its 50th anniversary with an alumni reunion dinner tonight.

Donna Crabill, bookkeeper for the school located in Mount Jackson, said they are expecting around 100 people to attend the dinner, which includes tours of the school beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dinner tickets were $10 with proceeds benefiting the alumni scholarship fund.

Lucas Long, a 2005 graduate and current automotive technology instructor for Triplett Tech, said the school gave him the knowledge necessary to excel in his field.

“During my tenure I developed necessary skills to equip me for the future in the industry of choice and I also gained necessary traits to enable me to be a contributing member of society,” he said. “Triplett Tech’s vigorous training not only prepared me for the future but provided a permanent interest in the automotive field.”

While still attending Triplett he began his career by working as a service technician at a local auto dealership.

“I have since returned to invest in the future at Triplett Tech as an instructor in the same way my instructor had invested in me,” he said. “I can say that Triplett Tech has helped me to find a career that interested me the most and prepared me for success. I would not be where I am today without the industry education and experience.”

He said he would tell prospective Triplett Tech students that automobile diagnostic technicians are in growing demand and courses offered at the school have been nationally recognized as “structured, resourceful and a quality training program as is reflective of standards established by the industry.”

Automotive program students will “understand the fundamentals of the automobile and have the ability to maintain and repair vehicles in today advancing world. Upon completion of the two-year automotive program, students will have had opportunity to gain and showcase skills in the automotive field that create careers and start futures,” he said.

Walter Stepp graduated from the school’s automotive program in 1974.  He has been the garage foreman for Shenandoah County Public Schools for 37 years.

He said the auto mechanic classes he took at Triplett Tech gave him the basic knowledge of the automotive field. He added that the courses offered “are the best bang for the buck for anyone wanting to work with their hands.”

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