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John Leighty

John's education at Midlands Technical College led to a stable, long-term job after years of being stuck in service jobs, working one, then adding another, to make ends meet.

I knew going from service job to service job wasn’t the way I wanted to live, so I took some welding classes – I was living in Iowa at the time – hoping to get a job at the local trailer building plant. I ended up finding a different opportunity with a local tree service company, and I really enjoyed the job. I was finally able to save some money and plan a trip back to South Carolina to visit my family.

While I was home, I went out on a date with an old friend, and we both realized it could be something more. After a few months when she had to travel across the country to visit me, I knew it was time to make a big choice. I decided to move back home and go to school for welding because it was a field with good job opportunities and I knew I enjoyed it.

"My education at MTC led me to a stable, long-term job after years of being stuck in service jobs."

I enrolled in the MTC QuickJobs program in Winnsboro with Mr. James Knapper. The QuickJobs program lets you study for a specific job. My previous welding experience helped me progress quickly. Mr. Knapper is an expert in his craft and knew exactly what it would take to gain a job at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station. After just three months he deemed me ready to take the weld test. I got the job with CB&I building nuclear plants in Jenkinsville, S.C. I know it was the best decision I ever made.

I am in a stable, long-term job, and my new wife and I could not be happier. We were able to buy a home and were blessed with our first child. Without the help of MTC and James none of this would have been possible."

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