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Eight Chattahoochee Tech Students Receive Professional Automotive Tool Sets through Mike Peterson Memorial Award

June 5, 2020

Eight Chattahoochee Technical College students who are starting their careers in the automotive and diesel repair industry each recently received a Snap-on professional tool set valued at $5,500 from Alan and Claire Peterson, of Cobb County. For the past 16 years, the Petersons have awarded these tool sets to dozens of Chattahoochee Tech students in honor of their son, Mike Peterson.

The tool sets were presented to award recipients this year at the college’s Marietta Campus in a ceremony that was configured with staggered timing and social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic. In order to be considered for this award, Chattahoochee Tech students had to be enrolled in the Automotive Technology, Diesel Equipment Technology, or Automotive Collision Repair program, and submit an award application that was reviewed by the Petersons. They also had to meet award GPA requirements, write an essay, and provide a letter of recommendation from a Chattahoochee Tech faculty member.

The 2020 Mike Peterson Memorial Award recipients are:

  • Matthew Bridges, of Paulding County
  • Charles Garcia, of Forsyth County
  • Alex Johnson, of Cherokee County
  • Justin Messenger, of Pickens County
  • Deena Shaw, of Cherokee County
  • Victoria Sweeton, of Cobb County
  • David Walker, of Cherokee County
  • Dillon Wilhoit, of Bartow County

“It’s an incredible gift having the opportunity to receive a tool set like this,” said award recipient Victoria Sweeton. “People starting out in the industry have to save up for years and buy a little bit at a time to have something like this. The Peterson’s generosity for so many students is overwhelmingly perfect.”

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About Chattahoochee Technical College:

Chattahoochee Technical College awards certificates, diplomas and associate degrees in more than 50 programs of study for students to become highly skilled professionals in some of the nation’s fastest-growing, high-demand career fields. A Unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Chattahoochee Tech is the largest technical college in the state with eight campus locations serving the counties of Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Gilmer, Paulding, and Pickens. The college also offers customized workforce training, continuing education classes, and adult education programs that include free GED prep. More information is available at

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