WCCT seniors prepare for life after graduation
Four students at the Walker County Center of Technology are following in the footsteps of their relatives with their career choices after high school.
Brodie Jean (Jasper High), Clay Cerezo (Carbon Hill), Destiny Alexander (Curry High), and Xander Stewart (Dora High) met the Daily Mountain Eagle this month to discuss their plans for the future and the people who inspired them.
Jean studied heating and cooling at WCCT and says he always knew he wanted a career in HVAC after watching his uncle work in the field for many years.
“He just told me a lot about it, and I went with him so he could show me what was going on, and I enjoyed it,” said Jean.
After graduation, Jean will work for Sargent Heating and Cooling and will take his HVAC certification test in two years.
Cerezo is studying welding at WCCT and is following the same career path as his older brother.
“I’ve always known I wanted to weld. I’ve always been around since I was little,” said Cerezo.
He has a degree in welding, but will continue his studies in Texas, where he can also continue his passion for the rodeo.
Alexander has studied cosmetology at WCCT and was inspired by her aunt, a beautician.
“My aunt was my inspiration. She cut my hair when I was little, and she taught me a lot about cosmetics and things like that,” she said. “I grew up loving makeup on my friends and myself – I just love to cut hair and take care of my skin.”
Alexander plans to continue her cosmetology education at a beauty academy after graduation.
Stewart decided to study health sciences at WCCT because his mother is a nurse. He has been working towards medical assistant certification and will attend Wallace State Community College after high school. Stewart then wants to go to the University of Huntsville and study to be a physical therapist.
“When I was teaching clinics last year, I was in Rehab South. Mr. Phillip Davenport, he led me down that path,” said Stewart.
All seniors gave WCCT high marks and said studying there will have an impact forever.
“All the teachers here are great. You will find a program that suits you best,” Stewart said in his message to other students.
“Get out and have something to do,” Jean said of traveling to WCCT every day. “It’s fun.”
Cerezo said, “The teachers here are great. It’s always nice. It’s like a family. ‘
Alexander’s advice to her younger peers who might have the opportunity to study at WCCT? “Do not be afraid.”
“Everyone here at WCCT is very helpful. It’s like a family here. You are treated fairly and equally. It offers a lot of opportunities for your future career choice,” said Alexander. “When I say we’re a family here … you eventually bond with the people here, and you feel at home there. That’s something I didn’t have. ‘