“It was tough when I got out [of the military] and I was looking for a job—although I had experience, I didn’t have the licenses to continue working in the private sector in aircrafts so it was tough trying to find jobs with no certifications,” says NLC student Perry Penny, who had been a structural air craft mechanic in the Navy.
At first Perry took low-paying jobs as a laborer just to get by. Fortunately, it wasn’t long before his cousin told him about the Helmets to Hardhats program. Perry now lives in Rockledge, FL, and is an installer with the Elevator Constructors Local Union 139.
“I was blessed when the Helmets to Hardhats program opened up to me. It was like night and day—really helped me out a lot,” he says. Continue reading