WyoTech and USMEA Team Up to Restore 1966 Ford Mustang

Military Tribute Vehicle will be used to Promote Technical Education Among Service Members

Rebuild Showcases In-Demand Technical Skills of Graduates from Nonprofit Provider of Career School Training

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 3, 2015 – WyoTech and the United States Military Education Association (USMEA) today unveiled a rebuilt 1966 Ford Mustang at the SEMA Show, the world’s largest automotive specialty products trade event. In the coming weeks and months, the vehicle will be on display at various military bases and events to help promote career and technical education for active and veteran military personnel. Nonprofit WyoTech, one of the premier technical training institutes in the country, sponsored several of its graduates in completing the restoration. USMEA, a nonprofit organization that promotes educational opportunities for military service members, provided the vehicle for this project.

“We are proud to join with USMEA in promoting the benefits of vocational-technical education through the rebuild and display of this military tribute vehicle,” said Dave Hawn, president and CEO of ECMC Group and interim president and CEO of Zenith Education Group. “We are equally proud to showcase the outstanding skills of our WyoTech graduates who completed the restoration and performance modifications, from engine to body to fine interior details.”

“WyoTech has delivered advanced, specialized skills training to thousands of students, including active military personnel and veterans,” said USMEA Board Member, Michael Ramlogan, a United States Marine veteran. “USMEA is grateful for WyoTech’s continued support in ensuring that our service men and women receive a quality technical education that equips them for career success.”

Richard Wood, a 1982 WyoTech graduate, worked alongside a team of nine other WyoTech graduates to complete the build at his facility, Richard Wood Kustoms & Custom Car Crafters, in Austin, Texas. The project included body modifications, drivetrain upgrades as well as engine, electrical, and interior work. The nine WyoTech graduates who worked with Mr. Wood on the rebuild project are:

  • Hayden Clark, WyoTech ’15, from Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tyler Stratton, WyoTech ’15, from Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Jason Stults, WyoTech ’15, Dinosaur, Colo.
  • Rilee Hansen, WyoTech ’15, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Dylan Johnson, WyoTech ’15, Sparta, Ill.
  • Tommy Perkins, Seams Ridiculous Upholstery, WyoTech ’04, Montross, Va.
  • Marc Christ, Power Nation/Detroit Muscle, WyoTech ’05, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Robert Buchanan, Richard Wood Kustoms, WyoTech, ’11, Austin, Texas
  • Jaime Hernandez, Richard Wood Kustoms, WyoTech, ’97, Austin, Texas

WyoTech’s booth at the SEMA Show is located in Central Hall (#24593).

About WyoTech

WyoTech was founded more than 50 years ago in Laramie, Wyoming, and has since become one of the premier providers of technical training in the U.S. WyoTech offers training for mechanical and technical occupations in automotive, diesel, collision/refinishing, motorcycle and marine technology. WyoTech has campuses in Blairsville, Pennsylvania; Laramie, Wyoming and Daytona Beach, Florida.

About Zenith Education Group

Built on a commitment to put students first, Zenith Education Group (Zenith) is a nonprofit provider of career school training, with more than 45 Everest and WyoTech schools in more than a dozen states and online. We are dedicated to promoting the success of students and graduates, measured by program completion and job placement.


USMEA is combined group of military educators from (vocational schools, community colleges and universities) which provide a quality education in a structured military and veteran’s environment with emphasis on:

  • Promoting and supporting ongoing quality educational programs delivered by accredited postsecondary educational institutions to military and veterans.
  • Identifying, studying and seeking solutions to issues that jointly affect member educational institutions which impact off-duty voluntary postsecondary education programs of the Department of Defense and Coast Guard, family members, civilians, and retirees.
  • Submitting findings to identified institutions and/or governmental agencies, individual state veterans’ services office in support of the purposes of United States Military Educators Association.
  • Working in partnership with other military and veteran groups in support of our service members.

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