CTE student accepted into top technical program

CTE student accepted into top technical program
Posted on 05/11/2017

Harlandale High School senior Ernest Enriquez was selected to be a part of the Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program (AMT) through St. Phillip’s College.

The program is unique in the sense that students earn a wage while attending college and gain work experience with a global manufacturing leader.

“While it requires much hard work and time to complete, respected national educators judge it to be the best two-year technical program in the country,” AMT Skilled Group Leader Maurice Salazar said.

In the span of two years, students can earn as much as $30,000 in salary, which could potentially cover all of a student’s education expenses.

After completing the program, students have the option to pursue a bachelor degree or a career at Toyota.

Graduates hired by Toyota have the potential to earn more than $50,000 a year.

Ernest was ecstatic when he received an AMT acceptance letter.

“I am really excited because this pays for my associate degree and it will help me better myself and whoever hires me,” Ernest said.

He heard about the opportunity through the aerospace engineering academy he is a part of through the CTE program.  

“I really enjoyed aerospace engineering and now I want to learn about something other than planes,” Ernest said.

The AMT program is focused on industrial robots used to put cars together.

“If I combine what I learn about industrial robots with what I know about aerospace engineering, I can work on drones because they really go hand in hand,” Ernest added.

The pool of applicants was considered based on grades earned in school, assessment scores, participation in certain programs, written essays and more.

Harlandale HS CTE Counselor Chris Lewis is proud to see one of her students benefitting from the aerospace engineering program.

“Ernest is an excellent student, he is totally focused, he is really driven and passionate about his future, he loves manufacturing, he loves what he has done in the aerospace engineering academy and he is going to do very well,” Lewis said. “I see a bright future for him.” 

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