KTECH graduate Alec Mendoza signed a contract Monday to work with Birmingham-based Technical Training Aids as a field service technician.
Alec graduated from KTECH in December and was the top student in his class, receiving KTECH’s Trajectory Award. Now he’s moving to Birmingham and starting a career with skills that are in high demand in today’s job market.
“KTECH has really opened a lot of pathways and doors for me,” Alec said. “It's given me great opportunities to connect with different people.”
One of those people is Technical Training Aids President and KTECH Ambassador Travis Coon, who had been looking for an opportunity to bring a KTECH graduate to his company.
“The kind of people that are going through their program, the kinds of traits and skills that they're learning through this program, I felt would be a great fit for our company,” he said.
Coon met Alec at a KTECH Ambassadors event they were both speaking at in the fall. After hearing Alec speak, Coon said he realized Alec was on a career path similar to his own.
“I gave him my card and said we ought to keep in touch,” Coon said.
And they did, with the help of KTECH Workforce Development Director Dorothy Havens.
“KTECH works directly with companies who are looking for the skills we teach our students,” Havens said. “We also get to know our students’ personalities during their time with us, and we’re able to find the best fit for our students like Alec, both from a skill and personality standpoint. That’s why companies have confidence in hiring KTECH graduates.”
Alec, who’s preparing for the move to Birmingham and starting his new job, said he’s grateful to KTECH not only for his education, but for the support he’s been given as he embarks on a new chapter in his life.
“I believe that KTECH is really just a great opportunity for anyone and everyone who is willing to put the work in,” he said.
Technical Training Aids provides customers with educational technologies to give them a complete industry-based learning experience. They work with everything from K-12 schools to major industries to find and provide the products best suited to their educational needs.
Since 2016, KTECH has produced 253 certifications in Mechatronics, Robotics, Solid Edge, and Soldering with a 100 percent graduation rate. Their Virtual Reality Academy will open to the public in the fall of 2022. For more details about joining KTECH’s next class visit www.goktech.org.