“I chose to continue taking classes at UA Cossatot because the classes I took through the college while I was in high school helped me get a head start,” said Martinez. “It was also cheaper, close to home, and the welding class met in the afternoon and evening, which allowed me to go to school after work. My teachers taught me what I needed to know and I was able to get a job in the same area.”
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.”