He still keeps in contact with many of his former students, as well as many of his colleagues who are also now retired.
“I’m definitely going to miss the people,” Wilson said. “I’ve worked with some really great people over the years. And the students – even if they didn’t become body techs, they grew up a lot in here.”
Wilson isn’t much of a traveler, but he does have some plans for keeping busy during retirement. Those include running his used car business, helping his wife with her antique shop, attending car shows and restoring his own vehicles at home.
He’s also not planning on walking away from NPCC entirely. Wilson will be among the attendees when one lucky winner’s name is drawn for this year’s raffle car, a 1969 Ford Mustang Convertible, on Sept. 7 at Memorial Park in Omaha, NE.
“This college and this program have been my life for the past 40-plus years,” Wilson said. “It doesn’t matter what courses you take. The college is the best opportunity for North Platte and the surrounding area. Students here don’t have to travel to get an affordable, yet high-class education. Sometimes I think this area doesn’t realize what it has in NPCC. I’m going to miss it.”