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“Regardless of the branch we served in, all of the students and staff here are of the same mindset. We are all helping each other.” — Keith Winslett, Navy Veteran, Summer 2020 Welding Student

One of three siblings who grew up in southeast Texas, Keith knew he wanted to join the military as early as 15-years-old, following in the footsteps of his older brother. As soon as he graduated from high school, he enlisted in the Navy.

Keith’s initial career plan was to retire after serving 20 years, but after meeting his wife and having a son, they decided their family would benefit more from Keith staying home with him. In November of 2019, Keith transitioned out of the Navy after serving an honorable four years and three months.

“I was excited to be a stay-at-home dad,” Keith says. But when he heard about Workshops for Warriors from his brother and a friend who was active duty in the Navy, he thought he should check it out.

“I learned a bit of welding in the military,” Keith says. “The things that really caught my attention about Workshops for Warriors is that it is veteran-run and owned, that the reduced timeline fit my schedule, and that it is hands-on work.”

Now a student in the welding program, Keith plans to enroll in the school’s intermediate course after graduating from the Summer program in August 2020. He wants to become a certified combination welder. “After that, if I want to stay at home with my son for a few years until he goes to school, I could do that. But there’s already a thousand jobs that I’ve seen in the area on job boards that I could apply for after graduating, and I know they would hire me on the spot.”

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