The double-double graduate
Jacob Allender graduated from Waterford High School this spring -- after graduating from Gateway Technical College with a welding diploma.
Not only did Jacob earn diplomas from high school and college in the same month, but he also landed a job in his career field in the middle of a pandemic and before he even took part in his college commencement ceremony. And, all in the double-double year of 2020.
Jacob earned his diploma through a Gateway high school welding academy, a program which provides high school students the training and education to earn their welding/maintenance & fabrication technical diploma and enter a welding career. He says he initially signed up for the academy because he likes to build things -- but found out he really liked it once he started to weld.
“Really, just the thought of welding, of building, sparked my interest,” says Jacob. “As soon as I started welding, I fell in love with it.”
Jacob says the training he received was solid and helped him to obtain his welding position before he even graduated.
“The training helped me a lot,” says Jacob. “I became better and better at welding, and when I was done, I was prepared to go into my career.
“For me, this feels awesome. Not a lot of people can say they earned their high school and college diploma at the same time. It’s awesome that I already have a job in my career while people I know are still going to college. It’s pretty nice.”