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October Student of the Month on His Way to New Career

October Student of the Month on His Way to New Career

   While a college degree opens many doors, Perry Technical Institute’s October Student of the Month, Brian Ellerd, discovered that it doesn’t always qualify you for the career of your dreams.

   After earning a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Southern California, Ellerd realized he was intrigued by the role of instrument techs in the power plant where he worked. He learned from them that a technical school in Yakima, Washington, offered a well-respected training program.

   So, the Southern California native made a trip to Yakima to check it out. Now, nearly two years later, he is about to graduate from Perry with the qualifications he needs to enter the field. Instructors nominated Ellerd for Student of the Month, praising him for his academics, motivation and conduct.

     “Brian has a great attitude. The quality of his work is outstanding and he is always respectful of others. The way he conducts himself has a huge impact on his classmates,” said instructor Carlos Sanchez.

   Ellerd, who will graduate in December, has accepted a position as an instrument tech at Tesoro’s Golden Eagle Refinery in the San Francisco Bay area.


Posted October 20, 2015

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