May 9, 2022, CRESTON, Iowa—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) auto collision repair/refinish student Lukas Moore of Emerson was honored as the 2022 SWCC Tech Achiever during a ceremony held on Wednesday, May 4, at 10 a.m., in the college’s automotive department, located in the SWCC Instructional Center.

Moore has been a student in the collision repair/refinish program since the fall of 2020. His award included the gift of a complete career starter tool set and tool chest, including a Homak toolbox; 357 hand, air, and electric tools; and Speedway Motors promo items. In addition, the toolbox was adorned with a decal of Moore’s favorite vehicle wrapped over four drawers. In addition, Moore received a congratulations card from Homak with a special message and a 20 percent discount for Moore to invest in additional storage.

The SWCC Tech Achiever award was established through SWCC’s Education Foundation by Nile Cornelison of Minneapolis, who attended SWCC (at that time known as Creston Junior College) from 1960-62. Cornelison started an automotive parts business in Creston and sold to auto enthusiasts across the Midwest. In 2014, he was elected to the SEMA Hall of Fame for his continuous training and hard work. It was 2015 when Nile sold his business and as he says, “moved into give-back mode.”

Moore was selected for this award by his instructors based on a number of key factors including exceptional attendance, good grades, excellent care of tools, and an amazing character with a strong work ethic.

Following the ceremony, Moore said he was very appreciative of the honor and thankful for the tools and toolbox.

“The barrier to entry in a lot of shops is pretty high for young technicians, and starting out buying a box, any box, isn’t cheap …,” stated Moore. “Being able to work and make money, be productive in a shop, you need to have a good set of tools. Good tools aren’t cheap, so this really helps get a jump start on my career.”

Moore is the son of Kimberly Steinman of Emerson. He is employed by Gary’s Body Shop in Henderson, owned and operated by Gary Runyan. Paul Howard, Moore’s mentor, was also in attendance for the ceremony.

Moore earned his diploma in auto collision repair/refinish in June 2021 and finished with his Associate of Applied Science degree in automotive collision repair/refinish in May 2022.

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Pictured above (L to R): Kole Vogel, automotive repair technology instructor; Nile Cornelison, SWCC Education Foundation donor; Lukas Moore, SWCC 2022 Tech Achiever award recipient; Jeff Magneson, SWCC auto collision repair/refinish instructor; and Jeff Sorensen, SWCC automotive repair technology instructor.