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Racecar driving instructor, 3-D animator
Jens Scott ’94 admits he was not the most socially adept student when he entered college, but through lessons learned outside the classroom as well as inside, he quickly learned how to deal with people effectively, an essential skill for his current position as president of Summit Point Kart, a karting course for adults.
“I wanted to offer my motor sports dream to everyone,” says Scott. “Using fast karts provides that racing experience and in a more affordable way.”
Scott started the business three years ago in Summit Point, West Virginia. Adults can train in carts that are specially engineered to race at speeds up to 80 m.p.h. and he says, “Business is going strong.” He explains that carts used in competition on tracks like his are referred to with a “k,” differentiating them from purely recreational, private use.
Scott remembers one special professor at Moravian who helped him turn his life around, impacting his development with his confidence in Scott’s ability to succeed. That teacher was Rudy Ackerman, emeritus professor of art.
“Rudy was a moral guidepost. When I first came to Moravian, my sense of right and wrong was a little skewed. He provided a very effective bridge in getting in touch with myself and knowing who I was and guiding me toward a more forthright life. It had nothing to do with art; he was a really good friend who helped me become a better person.”
Scott earned his M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts and an M.B.A. from Kaplan University, and went on to have a successful career in 3-D animation, which included work on Starship Troopers and The Matrix. Then he decided to pursue something he calls “a little healthier for my soul.” He first became a driving instructor at Summit Point, then owned by his father, professional racecar driver Bill Scott. In that job, one he calls “intrinsically fun,” Scott provided an array of driving skills—from race training to teaching military organizations how to evade chases and drive off-road.
“All jobs require creativity,” explains Scott. “If you’re not creative, you only solve problems the way others tell you to solve problems. Art forces you to invent approaches to problems. We didn’t do paint-by-numbers at Moravian—we learned how to paint with water colors, tempera, etc. It’s up to you to figure out how to represent what you intend with the medium you have. That skill is applicable everywhere else.”
"My Moravian professor was a moral guidepost. He was a really good friend who helped me become a better person."