Micah Koenecke has been on the school’s golf team since eighth grade, but as he learns automotive skills, he’s focused not only on hitting the fairways, but driving the car he works for.
Callaway County High School Juniors are Associated General Contractors for this week’s Student of the Week at the Western Kentucky Technical Center.
In addition to automotive technology courses, Mr. Koenecke has taken welding courses at the Murray Callaway County Regional Technical Center. He took his one-year course in carpentry two years before him.
“I grew up around cars,” he said. “My father is a car dealer and a dentist, and he has many friends in the field.
“It’s pretty simple because most of the parts are easy to put together. It’s just fun to fix and do care. In the real world, if you’re in a car dealer’s shop, someone or the dealer will You may be fixing your car.”
Koenecke said he plans to go to West Kentucky Community and Technical College for an automotive certification.
“I’m planning[certified]heavy diesel and crash repair and basic technician,” he said.
Heavy diesel includes semis as well as tractors and other agricultural vehicles.
“There are a lot of farms around here,” says Koenecke. “I was able to build a reputation for heavy diesel and go to different farms to help them if I wanted to.”
This year Koenecke will be attending SkillsUSA, an annual competition for technology center students in a variety of disciplines, including welding, carpentry, and more.
He is a member of the CCHS golf team. He has a hole-in-one and finished in the top five in several tournaments.
Mitch McNutt is a Koenecke instructor in automotive technology and is in his second year of the Koenecke in automotive technology program, he said.
“He’s a great performer and gives 100% to anything I ask him to do,” says McNutt. “He’s learning welding this year because it’s closely related to us.[In automotive technology]you have to weld sometimes.”
Koenecke is the son of BJ and Murray Heather Koenecke. He helps repair lawn mowers and other equipment as his maintenance crew at Miller Memorial Golf Course in Callaway County.
Every Friday through March 31st, AGC Student of the Week at the Western Kentucky Technical Center is published in The Paducah Sun. Recipients are selected by instructors and administrators of seven Area Technical Centers serving students in her 13 counties in the westernmost part of the state.
In addition to the Murray-Calloway County Area Technology Center, this week’s 29 AGC students at the Western Kentucky Technical Center will attend the Ballard County Career and Technical Center, Caldwell Regional Career Center, and Marshall County. Selected from Four Rivers Career Academy in Fulton County. Technical Center, Mayfield Graves County Area Technology Center, Paducah Area Technical Center.
The Murray Callaway County Area Technology Center serves Callaway County and Murray High School students.
In addition to automotive technology, the regional technical center offers courses in carpentry, culinary arts, electrical work, machine tool technology, preparatory nursing and welding.
AGC of Western Kentucky will host a banquet for this year’s 29 Technical Center Students of the Week in April. Prizes will be awarded to students, and Technical Center Student of the Year and Regional Technical Center Student of the Year will be announced.
At regional technical centers, students are learning skills in many career areas, joining the workforce after graduation and helping meet the needs of skilled workers in western Kentucky.