Mario Sanchez is a graduate of Wasatch High School and is attending Mountainland Applied Technology College where he is studying to become certified in welding. He is working hard to obtain the experience he needs for his future career. “I understand the experience I need in order to be successful in my occupational area involves a lot of training and practice. However, I also need a degree or a certificate in welding to obtain the right education required for a higher paying job.”
Education is important to Mario. His parents migrated to the U.S. and wanted him to work hard and get an education so that he would have opportunities that he couldn’t have otherwise. “My parents have taught me that if I work hard I can create a better life for myself. They sacrificed everything and worked so hard to give me this opportunity. With all my heart and sweat I’m not going to disappoint them. They are my heroes. I know that education is the power to success. A great man by the name of Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ I believe in this quote. I think that in order to change this world you have to understand how the world works,” says Mario.
Mario explains how high school wasn’t always easy for him. “In the beginning of high school it was not always easy for me to get good grades. But then I realized how important education is in my life and I made some changes. I became determined to graduate from high school, go to college, and work really hard. I took a lot of CTE courses such as auto mechanics at Mountainland Applied Technology College and three years of welding. I really enjoyed hands-on projects and creating and repairing things. I focused a lot of my time and effort to improve my skills and do my best in my CTE classes. The CTE classes helped me a lot. They prepared me for life and prepared me to get a good job after graduation. I never felt like I was wasting my time, but only improving my skills for the job market. I was always looking for a challenge and new things to learn. This helped me make the most out of my CTE experience. I am excited for my future and to do my part to contribute to society.”