WNCC names Godemann Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
     2012-11-22      By Citizen Staff Report   
SCOTTSBLUFF - On Monday, Nov. 13, Western Nebraska Community College announced that Darwin Godemann is the College's 2012 Distinguished Alumnus. The public announcement occurred during the Nebraska Community College Association's annual conference, this year held in Norfolk.

"Darwin not only represents the College's aviation maintenance program admirably as a well-respected member of the aviation industry, but he is also a wonderful example of success for all of our students," said Dr. Todd Holcomb, WNCC president.

Darwin Godemann is currently employed as a Master Airframe Technician by Duncan Aviation in Lincoln. During his 33 year career with Duncan Aviation, Darwin has worked as an Airframe Department Training Coordinator responsible for New Hire Orientation and scheduling recurrent training for a department of over 100 employees. In addition, he has worked for the Human Resources Department as a Professional Development Specialist overseeing and scheduling the recurrent training requirements of over 200 employees. Darwin began at Duncan Aviation in October 1979 just five months after graduating from Western Nebraska Technical College, now Western Nebraska Community College, in Sidney.

Before attending WNCC, while still in high school, Darwin worked two years part-time for Win-Air Aviation Services at Brenner Field in his home town of Falls City.

Darwin is a former member of the Nebraska Wing Civil Air Patrol, and served as Ground Team Leader, Mission Pilot, Cadet Orientation Pilot and Wing Aircraft Maintenance Officer. In April 1986, he received the Meritorious Service Award as Nebraska Wing Aircraft Officer.

Since the mid-1980s, Darwin has volunteered to help plan and coordinate the annual Nebraska Aviation Maintenance Seminar (NAMS) held each year in Kearney. The NAMS is an annual IA Renewal Seminar for Aviation Maintenance Technicians throughout Nebraska and surrounding states. He has been a member of the Nebraska Aviation Council since the 1990s and the Federal Aviation Administration FAASTeam Representative volunteer since 2010.

While at Western Nebraska Technical College, Darwin was involved in the Student Senate. The Student Senate assisted in renovating the old officers club and turned it into a recreation center for the student body. He also worked with the College’s public relations department taking pictures of school activities for their marketing publications.

For more than 20 years, Darwin has served on the Western Nebraska Community College Aviation Maintenance Advisory Board.

According to Darwin, “The education and training that I received over 30 years ago at WNCC has afforded me a rewarding career in the field of Aviation Maintenance. This career has allowed me to provide for my family, my wife Penni and my two daughters, Christal, the former Director of Instrumental Music for Arlington Public Schools, now stay at home mom, and Amanda, an International English teacher (ESL) currently working in Chile and scheduled for Thailand after the first of the year for two years.”

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