Chris from Louisiana – Voices for Skills

Chris from Louisiana – Voices for Skills


(upbeat music) – I grew up in
Jackson, Louisiana, graduated high school,
and I started working at a local grocery store. Worked there for about 15 years, and heard about the North Baton
Rouge Training Initiative. It was like, wow,
this is something that
I really wanna try. – We’ll do review questions
tonight on the second chapters. – It’s a nighttime training
schedule where we train in advanced welding, millwright, electrical, and pipe fitting. – Work here has been real good. We do a lot of preventative
maintenance work. If it’s something
that can be fixed, let’s go ahead and take
care of the problem so it can continue to run. The adrenaline rush of
getting it done, it is fun. – It is such a win-win. We get access to skilled labor. The win for the
community is folks that maybe would not have
had these opportunities, get the opportunities. – A better job helped
me support my family, getting a house, car, have
a little bit in the bank. I find myself going
out and recruiting ’cause I got my little cousin
into the millwright program, got my son in there, and I tell them college is not for everybody. Once you get your trade,
you get to work in it, you feel better about yourself. It made me think, what if I
had done this 15 years ago? How much it would
have impacted my life, but it’s never too late. I’m Christopher
Ferguson, a millwright from Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
and I’m a Voice for Skills.

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