Life is coming up roses for Flathead Valley Community College student Isaac Neumann. In February, Isaac learned that he and five of his classmates had won first place in the national Phillips Machinist Cutting Edge Parts Competition: Student Edition. In addition to bragging rights, the students won an expense-paid trip to the Haas Automation, Inc. headquarters in Oxnard, Calif. where they had the opportunity to tour the company’s 1.1 million-square-foot manufacturing facility and connect with professionals in the machining industry.
Isaac received more good news in March, when he learned that he had been selected as a 2019 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar. Winners of this prestigious award are chosen based on their academic accomplishments, leadership, activities, and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. More than 2,000 students were nominated from colleges across the country, with only one New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar selected from each state. Sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa, the award comes with a $1,250 scholarship and recognition at the Association of Community College Trustees’ 2019 Leadership Congress in San Francisco later this year.
Isaac will graduate from FVCC this spring with an Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Machine Technology. He recently purchased some property in the Flathead Valley, on which he plans to build a shop and eventually start his own machining business. In the meantime, he continues to put his knowledge, skills and abilities to work at his grandfather’s business, Kila Hill Manufacturing.
The three-time MVP for the Stillwater Christian School’s state championship basketball team knows that awards like the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar don’t just fall in one’s lap. They are the result of working hard, going the extra mile and refusing to quit when things get difficult.
Way to go, Isaac! FVCC is proud of you!