If the old adage is true that life is what you make of it, then Clover Park Technical College alum Joe Kelley has certainly made
the most of his aerospace composites training. On Monday, Jan. 6,
Kelley returned to the CPTC’s Aviation Center at the South Hill campus to
share his experiences and successful job-search strategies to a classroom of students enrolled in the Aerospace Composite Technician certificate
program. Kelley told the students about how he pursued his goal of getting a job at his dream employer, the Boeing Company.
Joe Kelley (left) with Air Washington Navigator Les Sessoms (right).
While working as a general manager for a pizza franchise, Kelley decided that he was
going to go back to school to learn composites in order to re-invent himself and achieve his goal of working for Boeing.
“No one believed that I could do it,” said Kelley. “I worked all day, saved my money and went to
school at night. It was hard work maintaining my schedule, but I did it!”
Kelley worked hard both inside and outside of the classroom. He honed his skills in fabricating and repairing composites,
vacuum bagging, working with polymers and resins, and working with teams in the lab. Kelley spent just as much time pursuing his career goals,
working with Les Sessoms, CPTC’s Air Washington Navigator, to develop a resume,
cover letter, and a long- and short-term job-search strategy.
Joe Kelley giving a presentation to CPTC students.
Kelley’s dedication to transforming his life paid off. Two days after graduating in December 2012
from CPTC, he was offered a position at Hexcel, a composites manufacturer in Kent, WA. After perfecting his skills as a laminator for Hexcel, Kelley was
excite to learn that Boeing was hiring. After successfully
completing the interview process, Kelley became a composite technician and fulfilled his dream of working for Boeing.
Kelley’s story is an example of how hard work and perseverance
pay off. His message to other CPTC students? Never stop trying
to reach your dreams.
If you are interested in learning more about our Aerospace
Composite Technician program, please visit www.cptc.edu/programs/aerospace or call our
Counseling & Advising office at 253-589-5548.
Clover Park Technical College students get a time-honored style of hands-on learning experience taught by experts in a large variety of practical career fields.
From aviation to health care, from computers to design, from cooking to welding, you can trust that you are learning the theory, the basics, the art and the best practice for a profession that’s fulﬁlling and in demand today.
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