James West demonstrates commitment to his education in various ways: performance, attitude, leadership, not to mention holding down a full-time job and commuting to school from Goldendale.
James, who is enrolled in the Welding Techno
logy Program, was recently named May Student of the Month at Perry Technical Institute. Instructors describe James as a mentor who is always willing to help his classmates.
Raised in Goldendale, James was looking for a career instead of a job when he decided to enroll at Perry. “I’ve always liked working with metal,” he says, explaining that he enjoys blacksmithing as a hobby.
The father of two, James is looking forward to exploring how he can use his new-found welding skills when he graduates in December. His goal is to start his own business in the next five years and to be able to give back to his community.
Posted May 26, 2015
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