Buckeye Career Center Foundation – Alumni of the Year

The Buckeye Career Center Foundation presented awards to two Buckeye Career Center alumni at its 17th annual Recognition Banquet. The banquet was held on May 10, 2017 at the Kent State University, Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center.

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Alumnus of the Year

Scott Rufener, Alumnus of the Year

Scott Rufener

Scott Rufener is a 2009 Graduate of the Welding program at Buckeye Career Center. He began at Eleet Cryogenics in 2008 as part of the Buckeye Work Placement Program. During his time in the program, he honed his skills in multiple welding processes as well as learned the basics of cryogenic bulk tank rehabilitation. Following high school, Scott was hired full-time at Eleet. He began his career in the cryogenic industry stripping tanks of old components in preparation for more experienced technicians to rehabilitate. In addition to receiving his welding certification, Scott also became certified in silver brazing, a crucial skill in both the rehabilitation process and the production of cryogenic control manifolds; the other half of Eleet's core business. Over the past few years, Scott distinguished himself as the top piper in the company combining speed and efficiency with quality craftsmanship. He worked closely with the company president in designing the piping layout of a new product line launched in 2015 that has seen great success. He is currently working on mastering the most difficult storage system in the cryogenic industry, liquid hydrogen. His manager says, "I have no doubt that Scott will take on this challenge with the same drive and pride that we have witnessed from him over the years." He is a leader in both performance and character and Eleet is proud to have him as a member of the team. Scott currently lives in New Philadelphia with his wife Lindsey.

Alumnus of the Year – Previous Scholarship Recipient

Holly Ripple-Hillyer, Alumnus of the Year - previous scholarship recipient

Holly Ripple-Hillyer

Holly Ripple-Hillyer graduated from Dover High School and Buckeye Career Center in 2003. While at Buckeye, she was enrolled in the Medical Office Support Program and was secretary of Business Professionals of America (BPA). After graduating, she attended Kent State University at Tuscarawas where she completed her bachelor's degree in Technical and Applied Studies-Applied Business Administration and Business Management. While pursuing her business degree, Holly continued her employment at Union Hospital as the Development and Community Relations Coordinator. In her position, Holly works directly and in coordination with the hospital's Director of Fund Development and Director of Community Relations on numerous routine and special community-based and in-hospital projects and tasks. She implements and manages corporate programs, projects, and events as assigned by the Director, including research, writing, photography, layout and design of content for print, broadcast and electronic distribution. She also administers the Union Hospital Teens Exploring Careers in Healthcare (UH TECH) and Union Hospital Retirees Association groups. Holly has been employed by Union Hospital for 12 years. Prior to her current position, she worked in the hospital's Radiology Department for nearly eight years. She also is very active in the community, serving as an Ambassador for the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce, New Philadelphia Rotary Club member, was the former Vice President of the Business Networking International (BNI) Tuscarawas County Chapter, and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Medical Assisting at Buckeye Career Center, and is a member of the Board of Directors Canton Regional Area Health Education Center (Canton Regional AHEC). Holly has been accepted into the 2018 Class of Leadership Tuscarawas. Holly resides in Dover and is married to Aaron Hillyer.

Contact Us

Buckeye Career Center Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 355
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663