TCCHS senior Jordan Andrews walked into the Journey 2 Jobs skilled trades expo interested in an automotive-related career and walked out with a load of information, networking contacts, and inspiration.
Andrews was so encouraged that he went home and immediately contacted two of the companies he met with earlier in the day to further pursue an apprenticeship after he graduates in June.
He was one of 17 students from TCCHS who explored skill trade careers, engaged in hands-on experiences, and encouraged to connect with professionals when they attended the event sponsored by Junior Achievement in Pontiac.
"I am most excited about the different job opportunities and experiences, and I want to show how hard I will work. You can't pass up an opportunity like this," Andrews said.
Some students are reconsidering their plans to attend traditional, four-year college as the skilled trades industry offers apprentices lucrative pay and benefits while learning both in the classroom and on-the-job.
"I wanted to go to college for business, but after yesterday, I realized there are jobs that pay for your education. After graduation, I can get paid for going to school and become more educated as I am working. It is a very good thing," Sean Hendricks, senior, said.
Already enrolled in an automotive class at Oakland Community College while working on his high school diploma requirements, Noah Germilhac said he thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the expo.
"I learned that businesses are in need of young apprentices, and they will do a lot to persuade you to work for them," Germilhac said.
Austin Johnson agreed."Some may get jobs out of this. It was very inspiring for students who may not know what they are going to do after high school," he said.