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Start 2018 with a new career! SER is Now Enrolling!

Posted December 21

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Posted September 21

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Mark Salinas

While visiting his local workforce solutions center one day, Mark Salinas met a SER representative who introduced him to all of the services and opportunities that were available and aligned with Mark’s interests.

For the next year, Mark committed himself full time to a variety of vocational & job readiness trainings. Mark received credentials in NCCER Core, concrete technician, and welding.

“It was all going so fast,” said Mark. “It was like it was unreal in the very beginning. I still think about it [today], I can’t believe that I did all that and got my GED at the same time.”

“I went without for a little while but it’s all good now. Five years ago, I went from $15-25k a year with no education and no skills... Now, I am educated and making more [than enough to support my family]. I stayed focused and stayed in school. I did what I had to do [then] because no one was going to just do it for me…it was all because I [took] that first step at the Workforce and SER,” said Mark.

“Becoming a teenager father had a major influence in a lot actually. I honestly don’t know what I would be doing right now if I didn’t have my daughter(s), but it lead me on the right track, kept me focused, and let me know that I am not the only one I have to think about. I spoil them now, in a good way, [because] I can do that.”

Currently, Mark works as a Welder for an after-market pump shop working in the pump division. This year will mark 2 ½ years that Mark has been with the company.

“The people at SER inspired me,” said Mark. “Everyone there was so uplifting and told me not to worry [when things didn’t go according to plan]. I stuck with SER [did everything they wanted]. I just stuck around. I was there for months on end [and they never gave up on me].”

Five years into his 10-year plan, Mark’s goals are to further his education and enroll in college to obtain a degree in business management, buy a home, and continue to progress each day.

“I just want to keep moving forward, keep progressing. I [don’t want to stay] satisfied with anything just yet. I feel like there’s so much more out there that I missed out on. I should be a little further than where I am now if I would of stayed on track from what I envisioned for myself,” said Mark. “It’s an uphill battle to say the least. I’m not trying to be rich, I just want the finer things in life and no headaches.”

“I was inspired. I would love to pass that on and inspire someone else one day...positive vibes only.”