TRADE: Sheet Metal Worker
YEARS IN PROGRAM: 4
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.