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Vince Gill saved a life over the summer, and he's hoping his Columbus State education will make the world a little brighter.
Vince Gill's interest in renewable energy started when he was a student at Metro High School in Columbus. He thought he wanted to be an engineer, but he wasn't sure where to start until Columbus State offered him a place in the Future Scientists of Ohio program.
Vince received a full ride scholarship and an iPad, along with personalized support from Columbus State and special field trips for him and his program cohort. This year alone, they've visited a Battelle research facility in Dublin and the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, where Vince and his fellow future scientists got to see textbook engineering applied to real life.
For now, Vince is taking his future one class at a time, starting with Principles of Engineering at Columbus State. All of his general education and major classes with transfer to a four-year program at Ohio State, thanks to the Preferred Pathway Program.
Vince is always at work, whether it's on his Columbus State classes or lifeguarding at the Hilliard Community Center. Being a lifeguard is more than a job, though. Vince rescued a drowning man from a river while on a hiking trip with his family this past summer.
"I was in the right place at the right time," says Vince. "I was just doing what needed to be done."
Given the world's need for clean energy, it seems that Vince is once again right where he needs to be.
The Future Scientists program is aimed at students who want to go into the STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math & Medicine) fields. For more information, visit the Future Scientists website.