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From the miles and miles of Ashland single track to our amazing students and staff, we have so much to be thankful for year-round at UBI. During Thanksgiving week, while classes are out-of-session, we want to take a second and reflect on all things in our bike world that bring us ridiculous amounts of joy.

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ashland bike mechanic school

With a ton of gratitude for our faculty, staff and students up north, our UBI team closed our Portland Campus doors for the final time this September. While we absolutely loved being a part of the Portland biking community and all the big-city opportunities it afforded, we’re also excited to have all of our team, resources and students under one roof at our primary campus in Ashland, Oregon.

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Ana Fajardo, QBP Bike Mechanic recipient for 2018, shows off her completely built wheel!

Interview by B Vivit

Ana Fajardo was a little quiet during class but when you could give her the mic, it was overwhelming the amount of emotion that came out of such a small package! An ambassador for us from Florida, she's visited a few times since her time with the scholarship(due to another opportunity with Another scholarship!) and we were so happy she stopped in to say hi. We truly cannot wait to see all the incredibe programs that she's working on with 2019 QBP Bike Mechanic Scholarship recipient Kristiina Thompson as well. The QBP Bike Mechanic Scholarship brings together lots of folks from all walks of life and creates a country-wide (and starting this year, nearly continent-wide) support structure for those who have the most trouble picturing where they fit into this industry. As well as teaching hands-on mechanics to folks trying to take the next step in their careers. 
 
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You may have seen this image on the UBI Homepage, Kit and her blue hair make quite the impression.

Interview by B Vivit
 
Kit Melton has an unmistakeable earnestness and energy about her; and it isn't just the blue hair. For Melton, UBI was merely the start of a new chapter. After winning the scholarship, she went on to join up with her classmates to teach girls all about bikes in North Carolina and attend Trek U's Technician Development Program. After completion of the program, she moved from New York to Colorado to wrench for Trek Loveland. This is what the QBP Bike Mechanic Scholarship is about; furthuring opportunities for those individuals from and in underserved communities that are set on giving back, moving them forward to continue that work in the more advanced industry roles; and also why we highlight these incredible individuals that we are honoured to know through the scholarship. 
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Wyman and Jude work through a derailleur exercise together.

Interview by B Vivit

Jessica Wyman, QBP Bike Mechanic Scholarship recipient for the class of 2019 Portland UBI, and I really connected during the scholarship and ultimately I spent a lot of time learning about her awesome shop and her children and their racing. An incredibly clear thinker and always ready with a smile, Wyman asked great questions and boistered spirits when she wasn't busy studying. Even while working through a knee injury, was always incredibly positive and definitely tested the limits of her injury while in Portland. During the QBP Bike Mechanic scholarship, there are folks from all walks of life, and one of the most beautiful things about these classes is that all of that comes together into one class and creates a community that lasts a lifetime. 

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