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Camron Davis and DeAngelo Wright are both working at a great career with a bright future at GE Aviation after taking Aerospace Composites training classes at A-B Tech through the college’s Quick Career programs. However, these friends didn’t always have the best opportunities.
“What put me over the edge was when on my 12th work anniversary, I got a ten-cent raise,” Davis said. “I promised myself I wouldn’t be there the next year.” Two-and-a-half years later, working at GE, Davis makes more than double what he did then, with great benefits and serious opportunity for advancement.
“I knew I could not provide for my family,” said Wright. “What was the worst thing that could happen if I didn’t take the chance?
“I’d tried to get into manufacturing but they always wanted manufacturing experience,” Davis said. “I didn’t have it. How was I supposed to get experience when they wouldn’t hire me without manufacturing experience?
“For years my mother pushed me to go back to school, to get some more training. But I was always working. I told myself, ‘I have to work. But when they gave me that ten-cent raise I realized the only way I could do better was to go get more education. Nobody else was going to do it for me.
“I’d heard GE was beginning to hire people for a new plant and they were training them at A-B Tech, so I went to the GE booth and signed up and took two Advanced Aerospace Composites courses. Andy McNeal, (the instructor) was great. A-B Tech was great. I finally learned enough to get their (GE’s) attention. I applied for the job. It all took several months and a lot of work but I got the job.”
“Take the gamble,” said Wright, currently employed at GE also, after short-term training courses at A-B Tech’s Advanced Manufacturing Center in Advanced Aerospace Composites. That and some smart stick-to-it-ness certainly will pay off.
Asked his advice to others stuck in low-paying, dead-end jobs, Davis is quick to answer, “Go learn something new. Make yourself more valuable. You are the only one who can make it happen—and you can.”
Learn a New Career in Minimum Time
A-B Tech has many short-term training options designed to help students get started in a new career quickly. Instead of training in terms of years, these classes operate in terms of months or weeks. Completing short-term training courses at A-B Tech can prepare students for higher paying jobs. Explore the options and find the path that’s right in Advanced Manufacturing, Skilled Trades, Healthcare, Business and Hospitality, and Online classes.
Learn more at abtech.edu/quick-careers