Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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July 2, 2012

Martin Young honored for 32 years teaching

CROSSVILLE — On June 22, the community, alumni of Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville and friends celebrated Martin Young Day in Crossville.

“Martin Young is a quiet dynamo who does things that need to be done and expects nothing in return except for the satisfaction of knowing that it was done right and that it was the right thing to do,” said Don Sadler, TTCC director.

After 39 years of teaching, Young is retiring from his post at TTCC, and members of the community, TTCC alumni, and friends stopped by to thank Martin for his contributions to the school and the community and to wish him a long and happy retirement.

Young joined the TTCC faculty in 1976 as electricity instructor. In 1987, he developed the industrial maintenance program and became its first instructor. Through the years, he included night instructor and special industry instructor to his list of titles.

In 1995, his advisory council was recognized as the Tennessee Technical Craft Committee of the Year. Young has made valuable use of these professionals over the years and used their advice in developing curriculum and selecting new equipment. “We are preparing students to enter the workforce, so we ask employers to tell us what we need to be teaching and what equipment we need to teach them to operate and maintain,” said Young. 

Young has partnered with Volunteer Energy Cooperative to host yearly workshops for local contractors and electricians keep them updated on the state construction guidelines and National Electrical Code.

In 2006, TTCC established an award for the Outstanding Faculty of the Year. Young was unanimously selected to be the first recipient of this award.

A valuable part of technical training is hands-on training. Since 2006, Young has supervised and coordinated electrical work performed by his students for over 67 self-help homes built through a Crossville Housing Authority program. His students learned by working on community projects to numerous to mention but which included providing security and outdoor wiring for the Art Circle Public Library and Amphitheater; rewiring the Crossville Historic Depot; working on Pleasant Hill, Cumberland Homesteads and Lake Tansi volunteer fire halls; wiring Martin Elementary School, CCHS, and Cumberland County Youth Center ball field lighting. He and his students are central to the operation and maintenance of the HVAC system, phone system, alarm system and other electrical situations that need to be addressed here at TTCC.

“I am Martin, Mr. Young was my father” is a statement that Martin can be heard saying anytime someone addresses him formally.

The TTCC family extends its thanks to Young for his years of service and adds, "Well, Martin, you have touched in a positive way more lives than you will ever know. We, you're TTCC family, wish you and Logan happy fishing!"

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