For 2019 graduate Amanda Blazer, Ranken Technical College provided something she never received in high school. It was the confidence to do well in her work and know she was on the right track.

“My favorite memory is when I got an ‘A’ and didn’t have to study,” she says. “When I was in high school, tests were not my strong suit. I had to study a lot.”

It could be that Ranken is not a traditional school. For every hour students spend in the classroom, they receive three hours of hands-on training. Not only did Amanda gain the skills she needed for employment, she graduated Ranken Magna Cum Laude with a certificate in Carpentry.

And she’s still pushing forward. Amanda is currently enrolled in Ranken’s Facilities Technology Program, all while working as a Water Restoration Technician at Woodard Cleaning and Restoration Company. Her boss speaks highly of her.

“Amanda is a great employee with a pleasant disposition and admirable work ethic,” said Sean Dunlap, Crew Chief at Woodard. “She knows how to prioritize her work and is extremely timely and efficient when it comes to completing her projects.”

Sean says Amanda’s work with providing cleaning treatments to health businesses and residential businesses have been crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is a skill she has mastered.

“Ranken gave me the confidence to be able to move forward in my dream job and it continues to do so the more I learn,” Amanda says. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself and I thank the program, the teachers, and the staff for being so kind and understanding, especially when I first walked in the doors.”

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