Earning a higher salary. Fulfilling a personal goal. Having more opportunities for growth. These are just some of the common reasons why people make career changes. However, recent Rockford Career College graduate Jennifer Messenger sought a new career for an entirely different purpose: to be an exemplary role model for her children.
You may not notice it as you go about your day, but metal is one of the key components to our society. It comprises everything from the cars we drive to the heating systems in our homes to the appliances we use to cook food. Steel, iron, and other metals make our way of life possible. This makes welding an invaluable skill, and Ronaldo Gonzalez took the chance to learn it.
Are you hesitating to start a career program because you are afraid of not finding a job after graduation? At Rockford Career College, many of our students find employment with the externship partners they trained with while still in school. Recent graduate Ashley Russell is just one of many alumni who has done this.
One raccoon. That was all it took to change Alexis Shearer's fate. When a young raccoon's mother passed away and there was no rehabilitation center in the county to take him, Ms. Shearer stepped in to help. It was then that she knew helping animals was her passion.
“When he was about ten months old, he got sick, and no vet would see him within three hours of us,” Ms. Shearer recounts. “I ended up saving him when no vet would. He went on to be happy and healthy and is in the wild. He made me want to make a difference and specialize in wildlife.”
Are you a risk-taker? While jumping into a new career may seem daunting, taking the initial plunge is necessary for making great accomplishments. Grace Brown is one recent Rockford Career College graduate who found that taking the risk was worthwhile.
Ms. Brown's desire to provide outstanding care for animals led her to RCC. While enrolled in the veterinary technician program, she faced several challenges, one of which was the passing of her grandmother. “She was my best friend,” says Ms. Brown.
Have you ever been uncertain if a job was right for you? Many consider welding to be a male-oriented career, but there are plenty of opportunities for women to thrive in this trade. Fast growth in the trades has inspired women like Paige Kroschel to explore this career path. Ms. Kroschel graduated from Rockford Career College's welding program this month and is ready to begin her new dream job.