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Rudy Martinez uses PCC to ‘trade up’ in careers
Photos and Story by James Hill
Student Rudy Martinez came to PCC to retrain as a general journeyman electrician after years of working as a driver of a front end loader. Martinez started at the Margaret Carter Skill Center at the Cascade Campus to find his calling and today is about to earn his two-year degree in the college’s Facilities Maintenance Technician Program at Swan Island Trades Center. Martinez, who maintains a 4.0 grade-point average, has been in the program since 2011 and is a couple of classes away from finishing his degree. He recently applied to an Oregon Registered Apprenticeship Program to become a general journeyman electrician and to receive his Oregon license. He scored eighth out of 129 candidates and was issued his Oregon apprentice card last January and has already been hired by electrical contractor Area 1 to do his apprenticeship program.
His friend and fellow student, Fodé Sannoh, is on his way to a new career as a journeyman electrician as well. In fact, Sannoh is on the cover of PCC’s spring Communities Magazine.