A Solid Foundation
In 2013, Adriana enrolled in JARC’s Welding Fast Track program. She was initially interested in learning to weld for artistic reasons - not for a career.
ADRIANA shares hER experience:
"It never crossed my mind to be a welder. JARC opened the door to allow me think to do something like this."
After graduating, Adriana had a fruitful career in manufacturing. While working, Adriana returned to JARC’s training center to learn new welding techniques or practice for a credential test. She also liked to catch up with the encouraging staff and trainees. “Positive energy like that is a huge reason why I kept coming back,” she said.
Over the years, Adriana met with JARC’s financial coach to work on her financial goals and become more independent. Adriana was approved for a secure credit card and went from no credit to a 681 credit score. She purchased a car in 2014 and recently moved into her own three-bedroom apartment. Adriana joked, “For a long time I felt like an adult-child, now I feel like an adult-adult.”
Adriana credits part of her success to her hugely supportive family. Adriana grew up in a traditional household and thought she would make her parents proud by going to college and getting married. Instead, she took a chance in a field she knew nothing about and her parents and siblings were with her the whole way.
Adriana is currently working full-time as an apprentice at the Ironworkers Union Local 63 and is expecting another raise this April. In the future, she hopes to work towards a college degree related to construction and the trades. The biggest lesson she learned at JARC? “Don’t let anyone make you think that you can’t, because you can.”