I was a part of the Entry-Level Construction Skills Training class, where I received OSHA, First Aid, CPR, flagger, financial literacy, NABTU, and BMCM training certifications. My classes were very informative and hands-on. The teachers made sure we understood the materials, and they made it as fun as they could—the time seemed to fly by. There were times I experienced challenges and self-doubt throughout the course because I would wonder about the what-ifs: What if I don’t make it? What if they don’t hire me? What if this is all for nothing? I pushed through it with the motivation of my family and teachers.
WRTP | BIG STEP without a doubt changed my life. After I graduated, I was offered a union flagger job that I got right away, and the opportunities have multiplied from there. With all of the certifications I received, the union calls me often about contractors that are looking for a laborer with the certifications I now have. I was finally able to get a car loan and buy a new car; my credit has climbed over 100 points. I now take pride in being able to financially provide for my family. I am so appreciative of what WRTP | BIG STEP has done for me.
Currently, I am a journeyman laborer doing heavy highway and bridge asphalt. I was laid off for the winter, and the union called me to work on a solar project until the end of winter. After winter, I am hoping to return to doing the same kind of work. This program should be spoken about more. I came in at rock bottom, and not even a year later I am at the highest point I’ve ever been. I think people should know how helpful it is. It is designed for you, to help you achieve your goals. If I could advise people in a position similar to what I was in, I would say to keep your head in the game. Don’t give up. This is a great program that can and will change your life. Where there is a will there is a way,