Meet James Sabin, a 2005 graduate of the Diesel Tech program at the Randolph Technical Career Center.
James came to RTCC from Williamstown to study diesel technology, in part because of the small class sizes, personal attention, and "hands on" nature of the program.
"Thanks to the very focused nature of the program I was in," James said recently, "I was able to learn a great deal about diesel engines, how they operate, how they need to be maintained, and how to repair them when they fail. Because of the knowledge I gained, I was able to land a job with the Vermont Agency of Transportation as a Vehicle and Equipment Tech 2."
"My primary responsibilities in this position are diagnosing and repairing the agency's plow tucks, dump trucks, light duty pickup trucks, and equipment. It's a job I genuinely enjoy and I wouldn't have the skills – or maybe more important – the interest that I do if it hadn't have been for the instructors and overall philosophy at RTCC."
"My advice to students trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives after high school is, think about what you like doing, what really interests you. Then find a program that will help you learn the skills you need to find a job in that field. Liking what you do makes all the difference in the world. It allows you to put 100% into your work, and that, in turn, leads to new opportunities."