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Isaiah, Marine Corps Veteran, Machining Graduate

by | Jun 5, 2022 | 2022, News & Media, Student Stories

“Absolutely do it! WFW is a huge opportunity…”.

Isaiah grew up in a small orchard town in eastern Washington. While in high school he enrolled in the Running Start Program and graduated with an AA degree alongside his High School Diploma.

Upon graduation, Isaiah joined the Marine Corps where he was stationed in Japan and served for 5 years. He has family members in just about every branch of the Military and when asked why he joined, Isaiah said, “I didn’t want to look back in 50 years wishing I would have joined. I wanted to travel and have unique experiences right out of high school.”

While on active duty, Isaiah heard about Workshops for Warriors from his buddy who was also a Marine and had gone through the WFW program with great success. Isaiah knew that he wanted to be a machinist so that he could start his own fabrication shop and he has always loved the mechanics of how things work and how they are built.

Isaiah was getting ready for the 31st MEU and while overseas, he took his buddy’s advice, and started the WFW application process. When he got back to the states, he started our machining program within a few weeks of returning. He commented, “This is way cooler than I thought it would be. It has a lot more versatility than I imagined, and it’s crazy the amount of knowledge the instructors have.”

After completing 16 weeks of training, Isaiah earned 30 nationally recognized machining credentials. His advice to anyone considering our program is to, “absolutely do it! WFW is a huge opportunity, especially doing it while you’re in SkillBridge and still on active duty. I now know and have the assurance that I can find a job after my service to our country is completed.”

Isaiah moved home to Eastern Washington to be close to his family and girlfriend. He plans on taking a job close to home before he starts his own fabrication shop in the near future.

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