Wheelchair Ramp-Building Tech Managment Students Called “Angels”

Five Technology Management students are being called, “Wonderful”, “Angels” and “the Nicest College Students in Utah.” The five recently completed a new wheelchair ramp for a paralyzed Alpine woman. Initially, it started as a project for our final Tech Management class,” said Tim Emerson of Orem. “But then it just became something that needed to be done to help someone in need.”

The woman, who wants to remain anonymous, a very active mother of four boys who was paralyzed when she fell off a longboard. For the past two years she has rarely left her home. Her oldest son, 10, could help her down a makeshift board placed over the stairs, but it was too steep to get back up without her husband’s help. “This new wheelchair ramp has opened my life back up,” she stated. “I can’t possibly thank these UVU students enough.”

The five Seniors, Tim Emerson of Orem, Zach Young of Cedar Hills, Tim Wolfly of Orem, Jake Ashley of Lehi and Seth Blumer of Provo all spent 3 days on actual construction, although planning took most of the semester.

“The door and window we had to install were donated by Pella but we had to raise a little money to purchase the wood involved,” said Young.

The team of five also made a video of the project which was selected to be shown at the annual Tech Management Banquet at the end of the school year. The video caused many in attendance to leave misty-eyed.

“These guys are just a perfect example of what our Tech Management guys are capable of doing,” said Dave Johnson, UVU Tech Management Professor. “To take an idea, plan it, and implement it is exactly the type of real world experience we are aiming for. Around here we call it Engaged Learning. And these guys have really been engaged.”

Photos of the wheelchair ramp project can be seen here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tcpix/sets/72157624042155800/

(tip – to see larger pics, click Slideshow in the upper right corner)

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