Starts K&M Auto Service after graduating from Clackamas Community College.
Matt came from an extremely poor family. Both of his parents are severely handicapped with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. He had a very rough childhood and never finished high school.
It was not until 2004, when he was 28 years old, that Matt started attending CCC.
Initially, his plan was to take only the classes that would help him get certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). But, during his first year here, Matt found out about all the scholarship opportunities at Clackamas. He decided to give it a shot. To his surprise, he was awarded two scholarships.
Knowing there were people who cared enough to help him out with his education inspired Matt to go for his degree and to do the best he could. Matt graduated with honors in 2006 with an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology, and a cumulative GPA of 3.95. He used his new knowledge to pass all eight ASE tests and become ASE Master Certified.
Matt had always dreamed of one day owning my own business. He started K&M auto service in June 2007. Today, he owns and operates three shops.
In 2008 K&M made its first donation to the CCC Foundation. They established a scholarship to benefit an automotive student. It felt wonderful to give back to a place that had prepared him to welcome new opportunities and experience success.
In 2013, Matt accepted an invitation to join the Foundation’s Board of Directors. He understands the importance of supporting student education.