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ATE Student Success Stories

ATE Student Success Story Videos highlight the struggles and triumphs of a diverse set of students in community college settings. With support and guidance from ATE centers and projects, their lives and careers have been changed for the better. Each video documents a unique success story, but all of them have a common theme: technician training has the power to change lives.

Christina's Story

Texas City, Texas

In Texas City, Texas, Christina Smith is going back to school to study process technology at College of the Mainland. Learn more about Christina's new career path, her success in providing for her young daughter, and the role of ATE in helping her move forward.

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Dan's Story

Lakewood, Colorado

Daniel Burman had a successful career in real estate but was never happy. That all changed when he returned to school to study solar photovoltaics. He's now working in the alternative energy field with a local business and is not only making a good living, but also feeling excited about his job and career choice.

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Gerald's Story

Haverhill, Massachusetts

Gerald Kinyua moved from his homeland of Kenya hoping to get an education and explore a new career in chemistry. At first he found it difficult to negotiate the education system in a new country, until he connected with Northern Essex Community College. Now he feels right at home in his program and is ready to look for employment in his chosen field.

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Josiah's Story

Waterbury, Connecticut

Josiah Roberts successfully completed a two-year program at Naugatuck Valley Community College and is now transferring into a four-year mechanical engineering degree program at a local university. The ATE collaborative wheelchair project he worked on during his time at Naugatuck helped convince him that engineering was the field for him.

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Kristen's Story

Springfield, Ohio

Kristin Edwards thought she wanted to be a math education major until a computer science class changed the course of her career. After more coursework, and an ATE sponsored internship with a local business, she's discovered a new passion and a new path.

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Llew's Story

Boston, Massachusetts

Llew Powell worked at a succession of unsatisfying jobs, but he knew he liked problem solving and fixing things. Those skills have come in handy since he started his program at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology working on hybrid vehicles; now he feels more engaged in his day-to-day work and prepared for a career in the automotive industry.

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Matthew's Story

Fall River, Massachusetts

Matthew Davis thought he knew what he wanted to do after high school, but decided to expand his career options after a year of working as a residential electrician. Discover his new educational focus, learn about underwater autonomous vehicles, and see how ATE helped Mathew secure a career more suited to his interests.

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Su's Story

San Marcos, California

Su Coy is studying GIS through Palomar College's ATE project and loving it. She never thought much about education as a young woman, and had some struggles along the way, but now she knows she is on the right path with GIS and is excited about her professional and personal victories.

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