SCC students help with a good cause

A number of students from Southeast Community College’s Powersports and Auto Collision Repair Technology programs helped fix up a motorcycle that will be donated to a wounded veteran. 

“It’s been a great experience, I’ve learned a lot from it and the bike is going to a good cause,” said Aaron Spier, Powersports student.

“We stripped the bike down so we could clean it and make sure nothing was bent on the frame,” added Leis Jackson, another student. “This was a great opportunity for a good organization.”

The bike was picked up by Craig Tourpin, president of Wheels 4 Warriors USA, a non-profit organization based in Lincoln. The group helps veterans with mentorships, support and a sense of service that is lost after leaving the military, Tourpin said.

“I believe the best gift we give them is a mentor to be part of their life for at least a year,” he said. “Whether they need to talk at night, integration into the group or learn riding techniques, that person is there for them.”

“It’s impressive how far the bike came from what it was,” said student Jeremy Nissen. “It was pretty rough when it came in, now it’s a new bike.”

This is the third motorcycle SCC has rebuilt or repaired for Wheels 4 Warriors USA donations. The recipients get insurance, gear and fuel for a whole year. The donated bike is a 2006 Yamaha V Star. For more on this organization, click here:


Andrea Gallagher
Communications Specialist