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(Above: MCC welding graduate, Whitney Kendrick makes sparks fly - see story below.)

Volume 12 Issue 18, July 2019

Grad Makes Sparks Fly in a New Career

Whitney Kendrick in welding class at MCC.

Whitney Kendrick was looking for a new career when she came to Montgomery Community College. After being laid off from her job, she decided to try a trade – something she could do working with her hands.

“I wanted a skill that I knew I could be really good at, and could be proud to take with me wherever I went,” said Whitney. Whitney chose welding. Although it’s a predominantly male field, she didn’t give that a second thought.

“The field is wide open and there will always be jobs,” she said. The added bonus was that the class was entirely hands-on. “I don’t like sitting in a classroom. I like things you can use steady hands for. It’s like putting on makeup,” she said.

The guys might not like the idea of welding being compared to putting on makeup, but the need for steady hands is accurate. Her instructor, Chuck Davis, told Whitney she was going to make a good TIG welder because of her ability to keep a steady hand. Whitney now has two TIG certifications and works full-time at K-M Machine Co. in Biscoe.

“On my job I do primarily MIG welding, but my boss tells me I’m the best MIG welder he’s got,” she said. Whitney wasn’t always so confident, and at first, she found welding frustrating.

“Everything I did looked horrible. I’m a perfectionist and I wanted things to be just right. You’ve got to hold the torch at a certain angle at a certain speed. You have to hold your hands steady for a long time. Until you build muscle memory, it’s tiring,” she said.

Once Whitney had several projects completed in class, she gained the confidence to keep going. Plus, she said there wasn't a lot of pressure, and the instructor made concepts easy to understand.

“It wasn’t intimidating or overwhelming. Chuck made it simple,” she said.

Recently, Whitney was asked to talk to several groups of high school girls about career paths that are traditionally male-dominated. The girls were very interested to hear Whitney’s story.

“Anything girls want to do, they can do,” Whitney said. “Just because you’re female doesn’t mean you can’t do it,” she said. Whitney says she loves welding and can’t imagine doing anything else. Although she is now pregnant with her second child, she plans on working as long as she can.

“Taking Welding at Montgomery Community College was a wonderful experience and a great accomplishment. There isn’t anything Chuck Davis can’t do. He doesn’t mind helping you and working with you one-on-one,” Whitney said.

See Whitney's story and more like it in Montgomery Community College's fall 2019 class schedule "Fuel Your Fire" coming to every mailbox in Montgomery County by June 30th!

JULY 1st

No, that's July 4th.

July 1st is the FINANCIAL AID PRIORITY DEADLINE for the fall semester of 2019. If you have not received your financial aid award letter by July 1st, you may have to pay for your fall semester classes.

If you need financial aid and have not completed your FAFSA (free application for federal student aid), go online TODAY to fafsa.gov to apply. Once you have applied, continue to check your MCC self-service account for updates or to supply additional information with regard to your financial aid status. Although there's no guarantee, there's still time to apply! Apply today!

The NEW! MCC TechTrail button at the top of the MCC home page can be used to access all of your frequently-used technical resources such as Blackboard, email, self-service, password reset, continuing education registration, emergency notification changes, Nelnet and more. New students can use the account activation link to find their username and set up their initial password for these services.

Get on the right track to all your technical resources with MCC TechTrail!

Purchase Fall Textbooks Starting July 8

The virtual bookstore will go LIVE for students to purchase fall textbooks and materials on Monday, July 8. The bookstore will offer free shipping for orders placed July 8 - July 14.

Free shipping will be available for financial aid students only for orders placed August 9 - August 15.

If you have any questions, please contact Shaquille Little, bookstore liaison, at 910-898-9648 or email littles5046@montgomery.edu.

Help Wanted, Apply Now

Montgomery Community College's financial aid office announces job opportunities through the Federal Work Study (FWS) program. These positions will be available during the fall 2019 semester. Pay rate is $8-8.50/hr. depending upon the position. Workers should plan to start working in September and continue until the first week of December. For an application, click here.

Please contact Tammy Owens in the financial aid office for more information at 910-898-9614 or email owenst5733@montgomery.edu.

You Are Invited . . .

Join instructor Renee Jones and Montgomery Community College on a trip to England, Ireland, & Wales in May 2020. Visit sights like the Blarney Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Big Ben and more. Why enroll now? Enrolling is easy, and there is a $200 summer discount until July 31st.

Please act quickly to reserve your spot with this special discount. To enroll online, visit www.efcollegestudytours.com/2150515vc.

Monthly payment plans are available, and the price is the lowest it will be. Still wondering what the impact will be like? Checkout other students' experiences here.

Questions? Email Renee Jones at jonesr9835@montgomery.edu with questions to discuss how you can make this trip of a lifetime possible.

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