ABOUT CATIE

DID YOU PLAY SPORTS IN HIGH SCHOOL?

 

In high school, I participated on the wrestling team and took a welding class.

 

DID YOU CONSIDER A CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION WHILE YOU WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL?

 

I didn't consider construction until very soon after I graduated.

 

WHO INFLUENCED YOU? (TEACHERS, GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, FAMILY, FRIENDS, ETC.)

 

During welding night classes, I really started to consider it.  My welding teacher, Jason Wiley, influenced me as well as my uncles and my grandma!

 

WHY DID YOU ULTIMATELY CHOOSE A CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION?

 

Because I knew if I went to college, I would have student loans and I would go to school for years without the guarantee of a job in the major I went to school for.  So, I started looking into ITT Tech and the apprenticeship with the local and they said they would pay to teach me and give me a free education.  How could I pass that up?!

 

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOUNG PEOPLE CONSIDERING POST-SECONDARY CAREER OPTIONS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL?  WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THEM TO CONVINCE THEM TO CONSIDER AN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM?

 

I would tell them to really consider where they want to be financially in their life. I would convince them to join the apprenticeship and tell them how successful I have become in the local and how much I wholeheartedly love my job and my union.

 

WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY?

 

My family is all pro-union and I am a strong believer in the union.  The union isn't for everyone.  It is hard work, mentally and physically, but if I (a 5' tall girl) can do it anyone can if they have a good work ethic and the drive it takes to be successful.

 

TRADE: Sheet Metal Worker

 

 

YEARS IN PROGRAM: 4

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