Graduate Connections

Graduate Connections – Meet Jacob Morgan

Jacob, 23, grew up in Woodland Park, Colorado. He graduated from the Mechanic Maintenance Engineering (MME) associate degree program at RSI in October 2017, and now lives in Colorado Springs.  Thanks for sharing your story, Jacob. Tell us what you did after high school. I worked as a server while trying to join the Navy. […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Andres Andaverde

Andres, 29, born and raised in Phoenix and Mesa, graduated from the RSI Electro-Mechanical Technologies (EMT) program in December 2018, having first toured RSI back in 2008.  Thanks for your time, Andres. Tell us what you did after high school. I’ve been on my own since I was 15. After I graduated high school at […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Joel Chavez Miranda

Joel, 20, born and raised in Chandler, AZ, graduated from the RSI Electro-Mechanical Technologies (EMT) program in April 2019.  Thanks for your time, Joel. Tell us what you did after high school. I went into RSI pretty much straight out of high school. I started at RSI at 18, graduated at 19, and now I’m […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Danny Volanos

Danny, 24, was born in California, but was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He completed the RSI Electro-Mechanical Technologies (EMT) program in March 2019, and walked the stage at graduation in April.   Thanks for your time, Danny. What did you do after high school? I went straight to community college. I was a football player […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Riley Dobbins

Riley, age 46 from a small rural town in West Virginia, graduated from the Refrigeration Technologies program in October 2018. Riley moved to Phoenix about 12 years ago. Thanks for your time, Riley. Was this a career change for you? A complete change. I have a restaurant and customer service background. The lack of income […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Ivan Bejar

Ivan, 30, was born in Mexico but has lived in Phoenix since he was 8 years old. Ivan graduated from the RSI Electro-Mechanical Technologies (EMT) program in December 2018. Thanks for your time, Ivan. What did you do after high school? I was a day porter for Pivot Building Services, basically janitorial work. Slowly but […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet David Heiman III

David, born in Mesa, AZ, graduated from the six-month Refrigeration Technologies program in January 2019, just days before his 20th birthday. Thanks for sharing your story, David. What did you do after high school, before you came to RSI? I attended community college for a short stint. I tried it out but realized it wasn’t […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Angela Pietropaolo

Angela, 22, from New York, has been in Arizona for eight years. Angela is a member of the first class to graduate from the RSI Welding Specialist program. She graduated in August 2018. Thanks for your time, Angela. Does that mean you’re the first female welding graduate from RSI? One of them. There were other […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Javonte Obrien

Javonte, 26 from California, graduated from the RSI Welding Specialist program in September 2018. Thanks for sharing your story, Javonte. Tell us about your career before RSI. I had been in and out of jobs like warehousing and security, but nothing that required schooling or a trade. I was just bouncing around working regular jobs. […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Justine Morehead

Justine, from Spring Valley, Illinois, graduated from the Welding Specialist program at RSI in September 2018. Justine is part of the second graduating class from our new professional welding training program. Thanks for sharing your story, Justine. Was welding a career change? A complete career change. At 19, I started working for a cell phone […]

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