The Tennessee Technology Center at Dickson has named Timothy Dodson as its 2012 student of the year. A machine tool program student at TTC-Dickson’s Clarksville Extension Campus, Dodson is a former U.S. Marine who refused to accept doctors’ prognosis that he would never walk normally after two surgeries to reconstruct his foot, 500 physical therapy sessions and seven more surgeries. “Accepting that was not an option,” said Dodson. “I walk today with little to no notice of a man who was told he will never walk again. To walk with pain each and every day is a blessing.” Instructor Kim McPherson nominated Dodson for his perseverance and “willingness to keep trying until he succeeds.” Other finalists for the award were Stephon Deiter of Dickson, a student in the Solar Photovoltaic program, and Chris Rada, an online Computer-Aided Drafting student from Pegram. The winner of the statewide Student of the Year competition for technology centers receives a free automobile and is spokesperson for the centers in a variety of settings. Judges for the Dickson center’s competition were retired Dickson County educator and Career and Technology Director Pat Semore, Metrican Stamping Human Resources Director Sherry Bear and Bobby Tidwell, a retired employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information about the Tennessee Technology Center at Dickson and its satellite campuses, call 441-6220.