Graduate Highlight - Jason Grzelak
“Work hard and stay humble.” It may sound like simple advice; but, sometimes, that's all it takes to reach your goal. When Jason Grzelak was ready for a career change, this was the motto he set for himself. By living out these words, he was able to find his perfect career.
“I was tired of working dead-end jobs and wanted to get into a high-demand career,” says Mr. Grzelak. Seeing the local demand for welders, he joined Rockford Career College's ten-month welding program. He graduated in January of 2019 and is already employed by Stainless Tank & Equipment.
Welding is a valuable skill with great potential in today's economy. Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a 6% job increase for welders between 2016 and 2026, many local employers are in desperate need of new welders.1 Welding is used for a variety of applications across different industries and therefore will always be in demand. “We as a workforce need welders in this world,” says Ashton of United Alloy. “It is a trade that is going nowhere, and it will be here forever.”
For the last 150 years, Rockford Career College has provided the necessary training for company growth and student success. We offer hands-on training from highly qualified, caring instructors who have years of experience to share. The welding program culminates in an off-campus externship where you could put your knowledge and skills to use for a local employer. Our small size allows us to give you the one-on-one attention you need to flourish in your chosen career field.
We hope Mr. Grzelak's story inspired you. Whether you are interested in the welding program or one of the many other programs offered at Rockford Career College, please come in and talk to us today to find your career passion. Call 888.680.6682 or submit our Request Information form to learn more.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and-brazers.htm (visited February 21, 2019).
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