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Alumni Winner Don’s Story to Emily Griffith

Congratulations to Emily Griffith Technical College alumnus, Don, for winning a 3- year lease on a brand new 2-Door Hardtop from Schomp Automotive! Here is Don’s Story:

Growing up in Michigan, Don always assumed he would follow in his father’s footsteps and work in automobile manufacturing.

But when Don graduated high school in the early 80s, the Detroit unemployment rate was 23.6% and the Ford plant his father worked at was laying off employees.

“My dad said, ‘Sorry kid,’ and I new I needed a new plan,” Don said.

It was in that moment that Don’s dream of being an aircraft mechanic was born.

“I think planes are one of the most amazing machines, it’s incredible how far they can travel and how fast they can fly,” Don said.

Don moved to Colorado to escape Michigan’s dire employment rates and began pursing his dream of aircraft maintenance. But the only programs he could find cost thousands of dollars.

“The aircraft mechanic programs might as well have cost millions of dollars, I didn’t have the money and no one was offering scholarship help,” Don said.

So Don dabbled in the food industry before starting his own remodeling business, all the while pining to work on airplanes.

After undergoing several surgeries and on the brink of turning 50, Don realized he needed a new career path that was easier on his body.

One of Don’s co-workers told him about Emily Griffith Technical College and Don found the school’s Aviation Maintenance program.

“The program had a lot of hands on training which is how I learn best,” Don said. “I felt that Emily Griffith prepared me really well for my new career.”

In March of 2013, Don completed the Aviation Maintenance program and was soon hired by Centennial Aircraft […]

Partner Highlight: Unico Properties


Emily Griffith Technical College graduates are in high demand because of their expertise in the skilled trades. Denver’s massive growth in residential and commercial real estate means our  HVAC students are especially valuable employees right now.

Unico Properties joined the Emily Griffith Foundation as a Grow Your Own Employee partner in order to recruit the best employees for their growing company. Unico Properties is a real estate investor and full-service operator focused on office and multifamily assets in the western United States.

With a solid history of promoting from within and providing excellent growth opportunities for employees, Unico Properties is a fantastic partner for Emily Griffith Foundation and Emily Griffith Technical College.

Through both an HVAC scholarship fund and a Grow Your Own Employee commitment, Unico Properties supports our students throughout their time at EGTC. Students receive needed tuition support to complete their HVAC program and have an awesome employer looking to hire them at the end of their program!

Unico Properties’ partnership with Emily Griffith Foundation is a win-win for everyone involved: students receive tuition support and job opportunities, and Unico Properties gets to recruit the best, most skilled employees for their growing business.

Thanks Unico Properties!