In February 2020, Kit Doty from Profile Powersports in Conway, NH, decided to reach out to the Mount Washington Valley Career and Tech Center’s Automotive program.
Profile was in need of employees and saw the potential in partnering with the Automotive program. That decision turned out to be a good one. Junior automotive student Jonathan “Jack” Vaughan had a lifelong passion for powersports. He grew up working on machines with his dad and knew that he wanted to pursue a career in the field.
He was a star auto student and participated in SkillsUSA. When Jack caught wind of the Profile Powersports opportunity, he jumped on it. By March 2020, Jack was an apprentice at Profile, and by the summer, Jack was a paid apprentice.
Kit Doty understands the importance of ensuring that Jack is learning on the job. He takes that part very seriously. In fact, Jack has used some of his hours at Profile to learn BRPTI certification software. Jack’s long-term goal is to attend Manchester Community College’s Powersports program.
Upon completion, he is guaranteed a job at Profile Powersports. It’s a win-win situation for all. Currently, Jack is considered a set-up technician. Machines come to the company 60% assembled, and Jack completes their assembly so they can be sold. He also does some LMR (Light Maintenance and Repair).
He loves his job and is grateful for the opportunity. He is doing what he loves to do in an environment that supports education and growth. We consider this a model program.
Many thanks to NHADA and Profile Powersports for recognizing the need for qualified technicians and creating a pipeline to promising careers for many young adults.