Arthur Bowlin said life for him got a lot better after he enrolled at Hazard Community and Technical College. After he took classes with Associate Professor Jimmy Caudill in the Diesel Technology program, Town & Country Ford dealership hired Arthur as a Service Technician in Pell City, Alabama.
Bowlin moved from Estill County to Alabama with fond thoughts of the support he received at HCTC. “Jimmy Caudill was an incredible instructor; he was very encouraging. HCTC is a great school and I would recommend it to others. It’s taken a lot of hard work to get to this point in my life, but to anyone who needs encouragement, I want to tell them: it is possible, just stay focused and keep yourself surrounded with positive influences. HCTC has a lot of them.”
Bowlin rented an apartment in Hazard so he could take the HCTC classes, which is further evidence of his commitment to getting a good education.
With an understanding of the need for lifelong learning, Bowling has furthered his training and expertise with Ford, gaining multiple Ford certifications including electronic diagnosis and repair, gasoline engine repair, engine performance, and advanced climate control systems diagnosis and repair.
Teacher Jimmy Caudill said he saw the determination in Arthur to make a better life for himself and his family. “I knew that he had it in him to become a great tech. I am very proud to have had Arthur as a student and now as a friend. I am glad that Arthur has kept in touch over the past few years. I will give him all the credit for where he is today and I’m glad we were able to give him the encouragement and knowledge to help him to fulfil his dreams.”
Bowlin is the grandson of Arthur McIntosh of Ravena. Bowlin is married and the couple has two daughters.