John Mejia, the instructor and owner of I Am Air Mechanical, was super patient and kind. The first day I wanted to quit and John encouraged me to stay and stick with it. Now I have graduated, I have my EPA Certification, certifications, and opportunities.
Make sure you take notes. Notes pay off later on, while working I brought my notes and was reading my notes on the job. If you forget an answer while working, take notes and pay attention.
Advice I would give is to pay attention, it pays off when you put in the work you see results. Pay attention to videos because that is what you see in the field. When the class is hands-on don’t be afraid to volunteer, go to the front of the class, even when you do not know what you are doing.
The mentorship CTE Staff provided and the family oriented environment at Coast to Coast Truck Driving School was motivating to continue through and be successful. Coast to Coast provided everything you need to know to pass. They were encouraging, down to business, organized, and consistent. It was helpful to have leadership and a professional guiding me. This helped boost my confidence to continue.
Guidance for anyone interested is to be focused, get rest, have patience, and believe.
Advice for future participants is to figure out if your work is flexible before you enroll in the program. Whatever your schedule is, try to figure out if your work is flexible before enrolling.