After Kilgore College announced its plan to roll out eight-week classes in the fall, the college added even more of an incentive for students to attain a higher education and garner success with a chance to win a brand new car.
KC graduate and NHRA top fuel dragster Steve Torrence was on campus April 2 to help announce “Cruise for Success,” a program that will allow qualifying KC students to earn points throughout the school year with a chance to win a brand new Chevy Cruze, sponsored by Patterson Chevrolet Kilgore.
“We couldn’t think of anyone better than Steve Torrence to help us kick this event off,” said Dr. Brenda Kays, KC President. “Steve is the perfect example of someone who has worked diligently, attained an education, persevered and has succeeded at the highest level in his chosen career field. He is a true role model for our students as they persevere and achieve success with their educational and career goals.”
The Cruise for Success incentive program is KC’s way of encouraging student success by giving students an opportunity to win prizes as a reward for doing things proven to increase overall success in college.
Beginning in August, qualifying KC students can earn points for monthly prizes culminating with one grand prize – a Chevy Cruze – awarded in April of 2020.
“We are so thankful for Patterson Chevrolet Kilgore’s commitment to this program and the success of our students,” Kays said. “In April of 2020, one hard-working (and lucky) student will be rewarded with this beautiful new car. None of this would have been possible without our partnership with Patterson Chevrolet in Kilgore – a true community partner dedicated to the success of our students. ”
Details about the contest, eligibility requirements and instructions on how students can earn points are located at www.kilgore.edu/cruiseforsuccess.
About Steve Torrence:
Steve Torrence, 35, is a 2001 graduate of Kilgore High School and a graduate of KC.
In 2018, Torrence won the NHRA drag circuit’s Top Fuel Division title in his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster, and became the first driver ever to win both the Alcohol and Top Fuel championships.
He was also the first NHRA driver ever to win all six races in the league’s countdown to the championship. Last season, he won 11 races and has won 19 the last two years.
Torrence is also the first driver to win all six races (a total of 24 two-car heats) in the NHRA playoffs.
He was also recognized on the floor of the state House of Representatives March 20 (2019) for his accomplishments in professional drag racing, specifically for winning the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel Championship.
PHOTO ABOVE: Steve Torrence, KC graduate and NHRA drag racer, speaks April 2 at the Cruise for Success press conference on the Kilgore campus. Photo by Jamie Maldonado/KC