He calls himself “Big Diesel” as a tribute to the program he loved at Trade Tech.
Steve Robins didn’t always think this journey was possible. He had a tough time as child trying to stay away from bad influences in his LA neighborhood. But eventually the street lifestyle was too attractive to avoid. And school…well as much as his mother reminded him of how important it was, Steve was not really interested. Steve eventually got in trouble, and as a teenager he was incarcerated for several years. He never thought there was anything out there for him, until he got his first look at a diesel engine. The idea of getting one of those complex engines to run, fueled him and after he was released from the justice system, his first stop was Trade Tech. Steve excelled in his classes, because he had an incredible thirst to learn. His grades were solid and he earned his certificate in 2015. He was selected to be one of our LATTC graduation speakers in 2015 at Grand Park. From there, he started working at Kenworth, fixing trucks. The district called upon him in 2017, to make a presentation among philanthropic donors and he told him that without the financial assistance they provide, students like himself would not be able to fulfill their dreams. Several donations came into the district that very day. Steve recently made the move to a new position with the Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica thanks to some help from our instructors and the Work Source Center. He loves his new job but will never forget the guidance received from his LATTC instructors both inside and outside of the classroom. People call him “Big Diesel”. We call him alumni.