Tyson Miller - Building a Career in Construction
We thank Lorie Thompson, SW TrANS (Transportation Alliance for New Solutions) Coordinator for the Forward Service Corporation, for sharing this story with us. Congratulations to Tyson Miller, Payne + Dolan plant helper/pre-apprentice, on his accomplishments. We are confident that there will continue to be accolades to celebrate in the future.
When Lorie received a text
from Tyson with just the photo you see above, she knew exactly what it meant.
Back in 2019, Tyson shared with her his dreams for his family. Purchasing a
home was his goal! As a single father of three choosing to launch a new career
in the construction industry with no experience, he knew there would be
challenges. Tyson had faith and knew that hard work and commitment would lead
to employment opportunities offering growth potential and financial stability. This
photo represented a dream realized, and Lori was full of joy and pride.
Due to scheduling conflicts between the TrANS classes and Tyson’s work schedule, he had to quit his job to join the Rock County TrANS program.
This meant there would be no looking
back, no excuses, and a laser focus to complete the program and secure a new
position. For Tyson, he understood that his three children were counting on him
for care and security and when there were struggles, he could look to the
future and what he was working so hard to provide for them. As you can see in
the photo to the right, this is a very close family with great love and respect for one
Since graduation, Tyson has
been focused on his role with Payne + Dolan and
is working toward the next goal of advancing into positions of increased responsibility.
His goal is to become an operating engineer and continue working towards
receiving his journeyman.
Making career changes and
learning new skills is not easy, but as far as Tyson is concerned, life is not a
practice run. He has capitalized on opportunities as they have come his way and
continues to work hard, taking in the good things each day and cherishing the
memories he has with his children. His advice to anyone considering a career in
the trades is to seek out the training that is available through TrANS and then
give it 110%. “Set a goal, write it down, copy it, and place it everywhere in
your house, and make it a reality,” says Tyson.
TrANS was the vehicle that
helped Tyson take the leap into the trades. It helped him to learn the
essential skills required to launch a career in construction. Each TrANS class includes 120 hours of skills preparation that incorporates industry professionals, road construction contractors, and experienced road construction team members. To successfully graduate from the program, candidates pass a CDL written exam, an apprenticeship test from one of the skilled trades, certify as a flagger and complete OSHA 10 safety training. It's the first step to joining an industry that offers numerous opportunities to build a career you can be proud of.
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