Lakeside Manufacturing Education Center
The Class of 2023 student speeches shares stories of gratitude for mentors, instructors, and others who have helped them along their journey. Click this icon “▶️” next to the students’ names to hear their stories.
"The world will not care if you think you “deserve” a good job or not. You have to show them that you are worth it."
Pindel Global Precision
"Over my time as a student apprentice in the GPS Ed program I have learned how to operate CNC machines and make quality parts. I have done this by accurately using gages and micrometers to check the quality of my parts."
"I’m proud of the fact that I managed to be on time and that I was able to get ahead of my assignments. Having accomplished this skill has made me better with my time management, made me less lazy and more disciplined in my daily tasks."
"One of the best experiences I had as a GPS Ed student was the boat regatta. It showed the whole process of trial and error but having fun by using your own ideas and creativity."
"You will always have some hiccups in your life but nothing is just smooth sailing for anyone. I want to be looked at as someone who stands out from others."
"Because of the GPS Ed program, I learned how to write a proper resume, did multiple professional interviews, and have a job lined up after graduation."
"One of the best things I have learned from this program is discipline. This program confronts you with your own maturity and forces you to grow up."
"Over my time as an apprentice/student in the GPS Ed program I have learned that hard work and putting in even just a little bit of effort can go a long way."
AQ Matic Valve and Controls Company
"One of the most valuable social skills I’ve learned from work and in the classroom is communication. I’ve learned how to talk professionally to people and have gained more confidence in myself."
"One thing I will take from my time in the program and apply to my life is coming everyday on time when I’m supposed to."
"Over the past year as a student in the GPS Ed program, I have learned how to become a responsible young adult. I have learned how important it is to be early to everything like both school or work."
"One thing I will take from my time in the GPS Ed program and apply to my life is continuous improvement in whatever field I’m working in."
"The way you dress for an interview will show the employer the person you are, no matter what position you are interviewing for."
"I have learned how to work on a jobsite as an electrician which has brought me knowledge I could only dream of knowing at my age."
"After becoming a student apprentice, being early everyday was a major goal of mine because as one of my mentors said, 'you can’t learn the skills we’ll teach you if you aren't here'."
"The most important lesson I’ve learned is attendance! You can be the best worker when you're there but if you don’t show up and call in a lot, that won't matter."