Today’s Powersports technicians need high-level skills and knowledge to diagnose and service increasingly complex systems. The evolution from yesterday’s mechanic to today’s skilled technician requires competence with highly sophisticated systems, as well as with the traditional mechanical areas. MCC's Powersports program aims to fill that need in the industry.
The program, which successfully completed its first year, provides a platform for students to take a deep dive into the workings of motor vehicles that you don't see on the road. Whether it be side-by-sides, motorcycles, or jet skis, graduates of the program will be prepared to succeed as a technician in a hi-tech and increasingly complex career.
Many industry professionals who helped make this program a success were in attendance and include:
- Dr. Brian Bicknell (President MCC)
- Dr. Adriane Leche (VP Academic Affairs MCC)
- Marc Bellerose (Automotive Technologies Department Chair)
- Todd Mikonis (PowerSports Instructor/Coordinator MCC)
- Yvonne MacGilvray (Assistant to VP MCC)
- George Mullin (Souhegan Valley Motorsports)
- Scott Mullin (Souhegan Valley Motorsports)
- Sean Mullin (Souhegan Valley Motorsports)
- Jim Whalley (HK Powersports)
- Ryan Dikdan (MOM’s)
- Brian Wheeler (MOM’s)
- Brian Fugate (Kawasaki)
- Casey Sadler (Kawasaki)
There were many moving parts to make the powersports program a success. This January, Kawasaki donated $340,000 worth of equipment to the brand new program. The generous donation included multiple motors, 3 side x sides, 6 motorcycles, and 3 jet skis. This top-of-the-line equipment is a great asset to the program and will help prepare students for careers in this growing industry.
George Mullin, Owner of Souhegan Valley Motorsports, and a Director on the NHADA Education Foundation Board, played an integral part in connecting Kawasaki representatives with the college and delivering the equipment. Brian Fugate, Field Service Manager of Kawasaki, has been a huge help in making this happen and will continue to provide support and resources to the new program.
If you or someone you know is interested in Powersports and would like to turn it into a career, there is still time to register for the Fall!