A New Beginning
Penny is one of many women who—through hard work and determination—have taken the first steps into their ideal careers by attending the building maintenance training program at Orleans Technical College.
Penny previously received an undergraduate degree in physical therapy, but realized after her externship that the career was too mundane for her, as patients would always come in with the same issues. After moving to the patient services side of healthcare, she eventually became a senior secretary in the pathology department, but when COVID struck, she decided that was enough.
“COVID hit, and I decided I didn’t want to be here,” said Penny. “However, I didn’t want to go back for more school. We bought our first house in January 2020 and since it needed work, my interest in becoming a carpenter was piqued.”
Penny is one of 46 women who have graduated from Orleans Tech’s various trades training programs since 2017. As far as getting a job after graduating from her training program this month, she’s undecided on which direction to go. She enjoys electrical and carpentry, so she may explore those options further.“I’ve been sharing my story and so many people are getting excited about the trades. It doesn’t matter how old you are. You can change careers and do something different. I love the idea that I’m learning something that no one can take from me. I can have opportunities no matter what.”