In 2016, Auto Tech Inc began a scholarship program which awards 3 graduating seniors a $250 scholarship. This scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to a student who is pursuing a career in the automotive industry.
Eric Heims – Eric is from Delhi, IA and graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School. He is enrolled in the Agriculture Power Technology program at Hawkeye Community College. He was raised on a dairy farm and has enjoyed helping his dad fix their farm equipment. When Eric graduates, he wants to find a job as a mechanic and also be a farmer.
Jared Hosch – Jared is from New Vienna, IA and graduated from Beckman High School in 2017. He is enrolled in the Diesel Mechanic program at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) in Peosta. He has built a few mini bikes from an engine and frame and has worked on his father's 1970 GT Gran Torino. He also helped create a car for a Miles per Gallon competition. When Jared graduates, he wants to get in to the workforce as soon as he can and use his knowledge to work on diesels.
Jason Kroeger – Jason is from Dyersville, IA and graduated from Beckman High School in 2017. He is enrolled in the Automotive Collision Repair program at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. He has built a motorized barstool racer and has restored a 1965 Chevy Impala. When Jason graduates, he wants find a job that he will love for the rest of his life in an auto body. And finally paint his 1965 Impala.
Austin Demmer – Austin is from Dyersville, IA and graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 2016. He is enrolled in the Automotive Mechanic program at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta. He purchased an old 1976 Yamaha DT400 Enduro that he fixed up and got running. He also works on weed-eaters, lawn mowers and occasionally helps his dad with the old 2-Cylinder tractors.
The 2018 recipients of the Wheels to Prosper Car Giveaway is Karol & Michaela Hoeger. This mother/daughter duo each received multiple nominations from members throughout the community. This family has overcome so many obstacles over the last few years, including family, financial and health challenges. No matter what was thrown at them, they continued to do what they could to get by and start over from square one.
Karol & Michaela both work at organizations that help families who are less fortunate and families that are going through their own struggles. They will benefit from having another vehicle by being able to get back and forth to work to continue bettering their lives and helping the families they work with every day, making trips to their doctor's appointments, church and to visit out of town family.
Auto Tech has been honored as the Dyersville Area Chamber Of Commerce's 2017 Business Of The Year. Auto Tech and its employees take pride in giving back to the community. Over the last 3 years they have given multiple donations to various organizations such as Relay for Life, Toys for Tots and Cub Scouts. In addition to donations for organizations, they also donate items for benefits, fundraisers and the local schools athletics, performing arts and booster club programs. They also offer 3 scholarships, 1 to each of the surrounding schools (Beckman, Western Dubuque and Maquoketa Valley) to a graduating senior who will be pursuing a career in the automotive industry.
Another way Auto Tech gives back to the community is by providing food and cash donations to Cookie Scherrman for the Dyersville Food Pantry. Last year, Auto Tech used a portion of their proceeds to purchase items for Thanksgiving meals that were given to Cookie so families in the area could have a warm Thanksgiving dinner. They have also partnered with Mickie Kelchen for the Angel Tree program and the employees purchase items for an angel so children have gifts to open for Christmas. Auto Tech also donates toys to Miriam Eick for distribution.