March 05, 2020
On a recent trip to Spokane for a High School Counselor Luncheon, recent Perry Tech Precision Machining & Manufacturing program graduate Evan Halverson had the chance to attend and connect with 10 area high schools counselors to share his story of how attending Perry has benefitted him.
Halverson who hails from Davenport, WA first learned about Perry Tech through his high school science teacher. After learning about the high placement rate combined with offering machining and automotive programs, the decision to attend Perry became clear. Upon graduation, Halverson said, “I was offered three or four different positions, but ultimately elected to accept the offer from ACME Machine Works, Inc. so that I could be close to home.”
Currently, Halverson splits the majority of his time at work between a Blanchard grinder, HAAS CNC lathe machines and most notably two HAAS VF-5 CNC machines. “Having a recent graduate who was local to the Spokane area be able to demonstrate how students can come to Perry, earn their certificate of program completion and return home ready to contribute to their local economy was the best situation I could have asked for,” stated Raúl Luna, Associate Director of Career Services & Admissions. Luna continued, “It was my hope that we could educate the high school counselors who might not have been familiar with Perry on how we are able to provide support, resources and skills to make our students/graduates highly sought after while commanding competitive wages in their home town if they choose to return.”
From mining and the oil industries to manufacturing parts for equipment such as Genie lifts, Halverson has had the opportunity to work across a wide array of projects. When asked why he wanted to share his story, Halverson said, “I thought it would be fun, and two of my coworkers who are also Perry grads thought it would be great to share our experience and how great Perry was. I wanted to tell them about what seemed like endless resources for students at PTI, and especially how Career Services helps students find good jobs. I wanted the counselors to know I am really glad that I chose Perry.”
If you are interested in learning more about the Precision Machining & Manufacturing program at Perry Tech or any of the other 12 programs offered, call to set up a tour at 509.453.0374 or go online to perrytech.edu/admissions.
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