Polk State College: Metallica Scholar: Polk State provides tangible skills that will never leave you
Jesse Williams worked a variety of trade jobs since graduating high school in 2010 and went back to school in 2018, when he enrolled in Polk State College’s Manual Machining Program. “It was a fairly random decision. My mother had passed away and I figured it was a constructive way to get through a hard time,” he said. “The unfortunate nature of the jobs I was working is that you have to put in thousands of hours at low pay to be able to make a livable wage.” In eight weeks of training at Polk State, Williams gained five National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certifications, created parts for NASA through the HUNCH Program, started a machining job at $18 an hour, and made connections that would prove invaluable on his new career path.