Dear Mr. Mudano,
Hello, My name is Justin Tozzi, I am 18 years old and a 3rd year pre-apprentice in AmSkills. I found out about the program through a case of the right place at the right time. I was walking by the Springstead library on my way to class. Looking in I could see there was some kind of presentation about a new program giving kids the skills required for engineering jobs. I never really planed to enter that field after high school but decided to enter anyways. What I saw would change the course of my life. A new world of opportunities where i could make things that would improve the world around me. After that, all i could think of is where i could sign up.
From the first day I could tell I found the right place. The room was filled with machines i didn't know the names to and people i haven't met before but the instructors made me feel at home. To be surrounded by like-minded people my age who are ready to work and learn really hooked me and before I knew it, I was getting my hands dirty and my feet wet. The more classes I attended, the more I wanted to come back. I was doing work that would make my back sore and my arms quiver, but that was shrouded by how much fun I was having during it all. Years passed like weeks and I look back to the most harsh and painful projects with fondness and a few laughs.
The work I was doing got me closer and closer to understanding the field which was amazing. However, what I find equally amazing is the people I've met along the way. I've met instructors I can consider life mentors that i can always call to when I need help. The friendships that were forged through WD40 and motor grease will continue to follow me through my life. These people I've met and spent the last three years of my life with are my family and I look at them as I would my own flesh and blood.
Many people go through their life moving from job to job, working their life away without a passion for what they're doing. Thanks to this program and everyone who supports it, I can proudly say I will never be one of those people. I know exactly what I want to do with my life and strive to improve my understanding of the industry with every steel shaving. AmSkills has been a guiding hand in the dark during a stage in my life fraught with uncertainty. I will always support this program because I know from experience how it can help a child through the most crucial stage in life. I encourage anyone to try out the program if they are willing to do work I show up to every class. I hope the program continues to help people like me find the job that will change their life forever.