Ann Gustafson


Ann Gustafson, a recipient of the 2014 GREAT Award, developed a love of automotive technology during an eight year stint working with the U.S. Military Police’s motor pool. As a member of the motor pool, Ann was responsible for daily preventative maintenance service and minor repairs of 25 different government vehicles. Ann was forced to leave her position after finding out that her husband was killed in military action and that she was pregnant with her first child.

To support herself and her child, Ann enrolled in the Lincoln College of Technology’s Automotive Technology program. She expanded the skills she had developed with the U.S. Military Police and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2013. Since graduation, Ann has received numerous automotive certifications and is currently a successful technician in her field.

“The GREAT Awards aim to recognize the academic and professional successes of America’s veterans,” said Steve Gunderson, president and chief executive officer of APSCU. “Ann has done an excellent job of transferring the skills she developed in the military into her professional life. I have no doubt the education she received at Lincoln Tech helped further her career opportunities.”


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PSCUs open doors to many of the 9 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.