My name is Amanda Ontiveros and I am 43 years old. I had 5 children very young, and I was unable to complete my education so, I started to make some mistakes that cost me many years of my life. I have been incarcerated numerous times and it seemed like no matter how much I exceled in a positive direction I was stuck in a revolving cycle. I have been employed off and on over the years and even held management positions but lacking education or career based skills I continued to fall short. Of course, at some point it was my choice and I had to stick to my guns and stand up for what I wanted to have out of life. After my last time visiting the Dept. of Correction about 1 year ago I was beside myself with disbelief. All I could do was ask myself, “what have you been doing for the past 20 years”?
At that point, I made me a goal plan. I had always been in a hurry to just get a job so I could support myself, not having to depend on anyone else. I also thought to myself that is what I’ve always done and always gotten the same results. I heard about Northern California Construction Training from various people and decided that I would check it out. The construction field is hard work and not an easy accomplishment for a woman. When I went to the school to enroll I noticed that during the summer they would be starting a fast track program where they would be training students for positions at Clark Pacific, a precast concrete company involved in the Local 185 Labors Union. With the help of the school, instructors, and outside organizations I accumulated certifications such as OSHA 10, Hazwoper 40, Flagger, HILTI, CPR and First Aid as well as learning the basics on multiple construction trades. I was hired by Clark Pacific in August 2017. With the above training, I now have a career not just another job.
Today I have part in daily tracking progress of scheduled jobs, planning and reading blueprint specifications. The company offers further education if I desire, decent wages, medical, dental, vision, life insurance and retirement. I have even been able to buy my first brand new car. I am still beside myself still yet this time with relief. My determination coupled with the great opportunity the NCCT program provided, I have MY SUCCESS...!
Much Appreciation and Gratitude,
Amanda J. Ontiveros
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