Sacramento, Calif. (September 23, 2010) - On Friday, September 17, the WyoTech Technical School in Sacramento celebrated the graduation of 240 students at the Sacramento Convention Center. Faculty, friends and family members were treated to a presentation by the award-winning street rod builder, Leonard Lopez, and then watched as the proud graduates were handed their diplomas.
John Hurd, president of the WyoTech-Sacramento campus said, "Congratulations to all the students who graduated. This class is comprised of outstanding students from all areas of the United States and we're proud to say that they're WyoTech grads."
Among the WyoTech graduates was Robert Stoermer, an automotive student who lost his son to cancer during his tenure at the school. Despite his personal tragedy, Stoermer completed his coursework and graduated at the top of his class. During his time at WyoTech, he repaired a Vietnam veteran's 1999 Pontiac. The car had been to several mechanics over three years in an attempt to solve an intermittent problem. In a letter to Stoermer, Michael Cohen, the veteran, said, "It was my first new car, and I bought it as a long-delayed ‘reward' for surviving my tour as a Vietnam infantryman and for finally retiring after a successful career helping other wounded veterans. The way I saw it, my Pontiac was ‘wounded' and like a wounded buddy, I could not abandon it." He continued, "It is my opinion that your ability to identify and fix this problem demonstrates your exceptional ability as a diagnostician and mechanic."