the program itself is wind energy technology. so i got interested in it just because i wanted to climb a windmill. but then once you get into it, it's really -- it's all electrical-based, hydraulic-based, you know,
motors, gear boxes. so it's very technical, very hands-on, which is so much easier than bookwork and classroom work. and i retain so much more knowledge by actually hands-on doing something rather than giving me an a, b, c, or d kind
of option. so, you know, mostly every day we'll leave the classroom, our professor will come in, break something on the trainer, pull a wire, pull a plug, disconnect something, and then we just simply go through, and we troubleshoot the whole thing
until we fix it. and he gets pretty creative in his breaking abilities. it's never the same thing, and you can never assume one thing or another. so my biggest struggle right now would be managing a full-time salaried job, where i have to
cover my hours and then also covering 17 credits in class. now, this class, alone, is a 12-credit class, which considers you a full-time student. kip, my professor, is very good about accommodating my time through my work, and my boss is also doing the same thing.
so i go to class in the morning for my general education classes, and then i cover work. so my general ed class is 7:30 to 9:30. i work 10:00 to 1:00, and then i come here from 1:00 to 4:00, and then i work 4:00 to 9:00, which is truly seven days a week,
except i just work on the weekends. it's really not too bad. i haven't been burnt out yet; i thought i would be. you know, i hit a wall every once in a while, but i get a good night's sleep, and it's good.
the only way you're not going to get a job here is if you don't pursue a job when you leave. i mean, all it does is -- all it takes is putting your name in a hat, and it's going to get drawn at some point. and it doesn't have to be windmills.
you know, you learn so much through mechanical work and troubleshooting, millwright, that a lot of people get jobs at glanbia or at chobani, new clif -- the clif bar, i know people are getting hired on there. and actually before -- there are a lot of people who are placed
before they even graduate.