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  • PCC student awarded prestigious STEM scholarship

    Ty Ridings

    Pueblo Community College student Ty Ridings is about to launch the next phase of his education with a huge boost from Lockheed Martin.

    Ridings, 25, is one of only 200 students in the United States to be awarded the Lockheed Martin STEM scholarship. More than 6,300 people applied.

    He graduated May 10 from PCC with a pre-engineering degree and will start classes at the Colorado School of Mines this fall to complete his degree in mechanical engineering. The Lockheed Martin scholarship will provide $10,000 per year for up to three years toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Recipients also are eligible for a paid Lockheed Martin internship.

    “I hope to pursue this Lockheed internship and if it seems fitting, I would like to eventually work for them one day,” said Ridings. “I’m also interested in the automotive sector and I have dabbled lately in starting a mountain bike company to design and build bike frames and parts.”

    Ridings, a first-generation college student, graduated from Pueblo West High School in 2011. Before enrolling at PCC, he worked for a company that specialized in soil stabilizing and drilling.

    He was a student employee in the PCC STEM Center for two years and participated in Colorado Space Grant programs. He recently received outstanding student recognition in math, STEM and science from PCC’s Division of Arts and Sciences.

    Ridings and his fiancée, Christina Koutnik, have a 2-year-old son, Liam.

    “I believe whatever Ty puts his mind to he will achieve,” said Joey Mathews, director of PCC’s STEM Career and Technical Education program. “He is a very focused, innovative and determined individual with a fantastic work ethic. He is going to do great things in the engineering field and I can’t wait to see them.”

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    Founded in 1933, Pueblo Community College is a premier teaching institution focused on providing academic and service excellence to help its students acquire the 21st Century skills needed to better their lives. An educational and technological leader, PCC fosters economic development and utilizes strong partnerships in the communities it serves through its Pueblo, Fremont and Southwest campuses.