HARD WORK PAYS OFF
Since 1917, Lehman’s Garage has been known for quality work and attention to detail. So when HTC graduate Kyle Hansen earned the nickname “Super Kyle” from his co-workers at Lehman’s in Minneapolis, it was a clear sign that he fit right in with veteran employees.
“I’ve always been into cars and tinkering,” said Hansen, who started attending HTC’s Eden Prairie campus as a student at Kennedy High School in Bloomington, Minn., as part of the PSEO (Post-Secondary Education Option) program in which students attend college courses and earn both high school and college credit. HTC Automotive Instructor John Preston, a former Lehman’s employee, encouraged Hansen to apply for a job there while he was still in high school.
“Kyle showed promise,” says Lehman’s Marketing Manager Bill Zeller. “He always jumps right in to a get a job done.” That’s a sentiment shared by others at the Twin Cities company known for flawless auto body repair, as well as automotive work. According to Service Manager Bob Crook, it just comes naturally to Hansen. “He has a wonderful work ethic and great attention to detail,” Crook observed, adding that he also admires Hansen’s devotion to his younger siblings.
After graduating from high school in 2008, Hansen continued his education in automotive technology at HTC while working full time. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., he worked at Lehman’s, and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., he attended classes. He liked the night program at HTC not only because it suited his work schedule, but because, he says, “I learned a lot, but they also made it fun.” One of his favorite projects was building an engine, part of the hands-on training in classes led by instructors Andy Thul and Susan Amacher that prepares students for success on the job. In addition, Hansen competed in the SkillsUSA program, taking second place in the state competition for mechanics.
In 2010, Hansen completed the automotive technology program at HTC, but hadn’t taken general education classes required to earn his associate degree. With the encouragement of the managers at Lehman’s, he completed the courses and received his degree in May 2011. Always ready to do more, now he’s working on ASE (National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence) certification.
With hard work and determination, Kyle Hansen has gained the skills to help build a successful career doing something he enjoys. Even more important, he has earned the respect of the people he works with every day. Maybe the best compliment comes from Bob Crook, who says, “I can’t take credit for getting him in here, but I want to make sure he stays.”
Last updated by jlaabs : 2012-07-03 14:37:12