Robert Frantz was born and raised in Rushville while his mother and father had a jewelry business for 51 years. Frantz graduated Rushville Consolidated High School in 1976 and continued to go to Ivy Tech Vocational Technical College, graduating in 1978.
“I started teaching in 1981 as an adjunct instructor at the Muncie Ivy Tech Campus while I was managing an automotive machine shop for Napa in Muncie,” Frantz said. “Then, in 1989, I moved to Colorado where I co-taught an automotive program for Colorado Mountain College until 1994. In 1995, I took the Program Chair Position at Ivy Tech in Richmond which I am still currently at.”
Frantz’s program received its first Indiana Career and Technical Award for Excellence in 2001 and was awarded another this year.
“Jason Marcum, one of my automotive students, received the Indiana Career and Technical Award for Excellence in 2004. My program received another Indiana Career and Technical Award for Excellence March 6, 2014. This verifies for me that I may be doing something right,” Frantz said.
The Automotive Technology program is one of two postsecondary programs honored. Its accredited Associate of Applied Science two year degree program and the innovative 40 week, cohort based Automotive Institute that leads to nationally recognized certifications, were cited for the honor. The Automotive Technology program partners with two area secondary school career centers and a high school enabling students to earn up to 15 college credits toward a college degree.
The Indiana Career and Technical Education Awards for Excellence began in 1984. They are designed to identify and recognize career and technical education students, programs and active partnerships that contribute to high quality career and technical education, guidance/career services displaying excellence in Indiana, and outstanding contributors to careers in technical education in Indiana.
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