Learn Now. Work Now.

Learn Now.  Work Now.


(music)>>DOES THIS SOUND
LIKE YOU?>>THROUGHOUT HIGH SCHOOL, I WAS
ALWAYS TINKERING WITH THINGS. I BUILT A TESLA COIL– IT’S ESSENTIALLY
A LIGHTNING GENERATOR.>>I REALLY LIKE ART
AND I’M AN ARTIST, SO I LIKE WORKING
WITH MY HANDS.>>SO I WAS ALWAYS
BUSY EXPERIMENTING
WITH MODEL ROCKETS AND BUILDING POTATO GUNS–
ALL THE SORT OF FUN STUFF.>>YEAH, I DID A LOT OF
WOOD SHOP AND METALS CLASSES, A LOT OF C.A.D.>>I TOOK A WELDING DEGREE
AND THAT WAS SO MUCH FUN. I GOT A WELDING JOB,
AND THEN THEY OFFERED TO SEND ME TO SCHOOL FOR
TOOLING AND MANUFACTURING. AND SO FAR, THIS
IS OUR SECOND SEMESTER AND IT IS REALLY AWESOME. (music)>>IMAGINE GETTING
PAID TO LEARN… AND GETTING
COLLEGE PAID FOR, AND THEN, HAVING A JOB,
GUARANTEED.>>THE COMPANY THAT
I’M GOING THROUGH– WE DO FOUR HOURS
IN THE MORNING, AND THEN, WE COME TO SCHOOL
IN THE AFTERNOONS.>>IT’S ACTUALLY A VERY
HEALTHY BALANCE. WORKING 20 HOURS A WEEK,
AT THE SAME TIME, WE STILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME
TO STUDY, AS WELL, SO…>>SO IT’S LIKE
WORKING A FULL DAY, SO IT’S NOT THAT
TIME-CONSUMING COMPARED TO
LIKE WORKING FULL-TIME, 40-HOUR WEEKS, AND
THEN GOING TO SCHOOL, LIKE WHAT I WAS DOING EARLIER,
AND THAT WAS HARD TO DO.>>ONCE YOU GRADUATE,
YOU HAVE TO GET HIRED IN, BUT IF THERE’S ANOTHER COMPANY
THAT YOU WANT TO GO TO, YOU’RE NOT OBLIGATED
TO STAY WITH THE COMPANY THAT FUNDED
YOUR EDUCATION.>>THIS PROGRAM
KINDA HELPED ME, YOU KNOW, GET TO THAT STEP THAT
IT WAS GOING TO BE HARD FOR ME TO GET TO IN
THE FIRST PLACE.>>I MEAN, I JUST THINK
IT’S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE YOUR WORK
IS PAYING FOR IT WHILE THEY’RE, LIKE, GIVING
YOU A PAYCHECK, AND IT’S LIKE… WHO WOULD EVER TURN THAT DOWN?
(chuckling)>>DON’T TURN THIS DOWN! GET PAID WHILE YOU LEARN ABOUT
DOING SOMETHING YOU LOVE TO DO.>>MY CLASSES… THEY’RE FUN CLASSES
TO BE IN. LIKE ESPECIALLY
THIS ONE RIGHT HERE. I WORK WITH MY
HANDS ALL DAY.>>I GET TO RUN THE LATHE AND
THE MILLS AND THE BRIDGE FORTS, AND THAT’S REALLY FUN,
TO ACTUALLY GO OUT THERE AND START MAKING THINGS
AND BURNING THINGS. IT’S REALLY COOL.>>OH, I’M LOVING IT.
(laughing) IT’S HANDS-ON EVERY DAY,
SOMETHING NEW ALL THE TIME, SO IT’S A GREAT
EXPERIENCE.>>YOU REALIZE THAT THERE’S
A LOT MORE INVOLVED– MATH IS INVOLVED AND YOU’RE
ALWAYS USING YOUR HEAD AND THINKING A LOT. THAT’S VERY
REWARDING, TOO, BECAUSE NOT ANYBODY CAN
JUST WALK UP TO A MACHINE AND TURN IT ON
AND START LIKE… BUILDING AND, YOU KNOW,
PROGRAMMING IT.>>TODAY’S ADVANCED
MANUFACTURING WORKPLACES ARE CLEAN, HIGH-TECH,
AND REWARDING.>>IT’S DEFINITELY
THE BEST ENVIRONMENT THAT I’VE EVER
WORKED IN. THEY LOOK OUT FOR YOU,
YOU KNOW, THERE’S BENEFITS, THERE’S VACATION. IT’S SO NICE
WHEN YOU WALK IN– THE PEOPLE ARE
HAPPY TO BE THERE. IF SOMEONE IS GOING TO PAY
FOR YOU TO GO TO SCHOOL– THOSE TWO YEARS ARE,
HANDS DOWN, THE WAY TO GO.>>GO TO GRCC.EDU/WORKNOW
AND SIGN UP TODAY.>>I’M GLAD THAT I’M
IN A SKILLED TRADE. (music)

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