The “traditional” college track isn’t for everyone. Dustin Primm realized that when he was a senior in high school, and it didn’t take him long to find a future in welding. “I really found out what I wanted to do my senior year,” Primm said. “That’s when I last picked up the welder and thought I’m going to make a career out of this.”
After veteran Justin Scheel and his family relocated to Arkansas, Justin saw a billboard for Aviation at Ozarka College. He realized that this was his calling, and he knew that he could see himself with a career in flying. He says, “One thing that going to school at Ozarka College has taught me is that you are never too old to set another goal and pursue your dreams.”
An internship at Intimidator Inc. led to a full-time career for University of Arkansas Community College Batesville graduate Aaron Smith. Aaron, who is now a product developer for Intimidator’s UTV line, started with the company as an intern working on a project detailing computer-aided drawings while earning his Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology.
“Construction companies are looking for people who are motivated and willing to learn more … construction is going to be a lot of multi-tasking. You’re not just on one project … five at one time or five spread out,” said NWACC alumna and 2018 Construction Technology grad Maria Garcia. “Honestly, make connections. Don’t be scared to put yourself out there. The work is out there. You just have to look.”