Brandon from Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Brandon from Georgia Northwestern Technical College


My name is Brandon neighbors. I’m 38 years old, and I’m from Ringgold, Georgia.
My program of study was Automotive Technology at Georgia Northwestern
Technical College.
When I graduated high school in 1998 I left to go to the Naval
Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
I spent eight years as a pilot in the Marine Corps.
My wife and I moved home in 2010.
And, for the next five years I was the youth pastor at our church.
I’ve always been interested in automotive technology.
From the time I was little I’ve worked with my dad on cars and trucks and
Tractors. All sorts of things.
And after I left the military and moved back home
I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in automotive.
I like working on things with my hands.
I like anything mechanical.
And, this seemed like a good way to pursue
what has been a passion of mine my whole life
and make a career out of it.
The automotive technology program developed skills far beyond simply working on cars.
The year and a half that I spent in the automotive technology program
prepared me for pretty much all facets of the automotive industry.
I feel very confident that I have acquired not just the hands-on knowledge,
but a lot of the theory behind why things work the way they do.
The principles that apply will translate broadly to a lot of different areas in life.
I’ve found that I’ve been willing to tackle projects that I might not have done so otherwise
because I have a sense of confidence that comes from knowing I can take apart a transmission
and put it back together and it will work.
And, If I can do that I can probably fix my lawnmower.
For people who might not have an understanding of what a Technical College is
go to the campus of your local Technical College.
Talk to the students who are there.
You’re going to see young men and women –
sometimes not so young –
who are focused on meeting a career goal they have.
And, in order to do that they’re pursuing a very specific program of study.
Talk to some graduates. Talk to some of the instructors.
And, I think a lot of those preconceived notions may be dispelled.
Technical college has a place for you.
There are hundreds of programs of studies.
There are campuses within an easy 15 – 20 minute commute of just about anyone out there.
It’s accessible. You can integrate it into your life much more easily than you might think.
And, it’s incredibly affordable.
I would say think seriously about technical college as a first choice not a backup plan.
You might be surprised to find what all it has to offer you.
I see myself in the next five to ten years opening my own automotive business.
But, I know I’m immediately employable.
There’s a need for automotive service technicians in every city in the country.
And so, that provides peace of mind
knowing that I have an employable skill –
that is it something that’s in demand –
that our family will be provided for no matter
where we end up
because this is a skill that I can take with me.
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