Today, we feature Mason Demant, a student at Western.
-What is your program?
I am in the Automotive Technician Program at WTC. I am also the president of the WTC chapter of the SkillsUSA Automotive Service Technology Club. I have already represented Western once at the state SkillsUSA Finals Competition, and will once again be competing this year in April, right after graduation.
-Who has been your favorite instructor at Western?
Every one of the automotive instructors here at Western have been great since I began the program. Even with the physical disabilities and limitations I have after being injured in combat in Afghanistan, they have been very helpful and accommodating with myself and anyone else who needs help. They all go above and beyond the norm in their positions.
-What do you like about Western?
My favorite thing about Western is that it is set up for you to succeed. There are so many different opportunities for every single person. From scholarships, community service, employment, and just overall life experience for those who might need it, it’s almost the perfect place for anyone to go to try to get back into the workforce through higher learning and technical skills.
-Future career goals?
I hope to one day own and operate my own classic car restoration shop. Since starting the automotive program, I have been able to rebuild and restore my 1974 “Spirit of America” Chevy Nova Custom, and it has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve been able to do here. I would also like to start a charity organization that would help veterans learn and work in the Automotive Industry by fixing up cars and donating them to families in need.
-Advice for future students?
Find something you love to do, and go after it, no matter what anyone says. You have to find something that you can honestly wake up in the morning, and you can’t wait to get to work because you love what you do so much. I was lucky enough to have that as a Combat Engineer in the Army, but after getting injured and retired, I had to figure out what I wanted to do with my life all over again. There were a lot of people who told me that I was “too disabled” to become an automotive technician. If I had listened to them, I have no idea where I would be. But now, mostly to prove to myself that nobody can hold me back but me, I am about to graduate at the top of my class, with high honors, and I’m the recipient of multiple achievements, awards, and scholarships, including Western’s “President’s Scholarship Award.”
Great advise, Mason! Best of luck!