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In the photo, from left to right, Shawn Mull, CVCC’s head of automotive systems technology; Jonah P. Gibbs, student at Catawba Valley Community College; Jeff Penley, Special Advisor to the CVCC School of WDA and Senior Professor for Technology Transfer and Academic Programs; and Gary Muller, CVCC dean of the School of Workforce Development and the Arts.


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HICKORY (AP) – Jonah P. Gibbs, a student at Catawba Valley Community College, recently became the latest recipient of the CVCC School of Workforce Development and the Arts (WDA) Student Incentive Funding.

The award will cover tuition for a fall semester 2021 ‘late start’ engine performance class for Gibbs as he continues his studies in automotive systems technology at CVCC.

Gibbs was nominated for the award by Shawn Mull, head of the CVCC department of automotive systems technology.

“Jonah is wise beyond his years, and he is well regarded by his instructors and fellow automotive program,” said Jeff Penley, special advisor to the CVCC School of WDA and senior professor for technical transfer programs and university. “When I first met him Jonah stressed that he was there to learn all he could about automotive performance, and I assured him he was definitely in the right place. We have a really state of the art automotive program here at CVCC and a facility in the Workforce Solutions complex to go with it. “

Among those in attendance at Gibbs’ recognition ceremony were Dean Gary Muller, Mull and Penley from the School of Workforce Development and the Arts (WDA).

“We are very fortunate to have Jonah as a student in our automotive program,” said Muller. “Jonas isn’t just here for a college degree; he is here to acquire practical skills that will serve him well for life, both personally and professionally. Jonah has a great sense of humor, but when it comes to “doing business” he’s always ready. I have no doubts that Jonah will use the skills he learns here at CVCC and transform them into a very successful career in automotive diagnostics, maintenance and repair.