Degree: Associate of Applied Science-Electromechanical Controls Technology (EMCT), 2011
Employment: Josh is a systems protection technician trainee for Dominion Virginia Power. He was hired as part of the company’s Troops to Energy program because of his four years of service in the U.S. Air Force.
Why Tidewater Community College: “I’ve always loved using my hands and I’ve been intrigued by electricity for as long as I can remember. I even did some residential wiring in high school. I chose TCC because of the EMCT program. It was a good fit because the theoretical work was paired with a great deal of hands-on training.”
His experience at TCC: “I enjoyed the depth and breadth of the classes offered in the program, including my electives in renewable energy. I like the idea of protecting the environment by using alternate power sources.”
Finding a job after college: Josh was initially hired as a groundsman with Dominion Power and has quickly moved forward with his career. “I’m using what I learned at TCC every day and enjoying the work and the people immensely.”
Advice for other students: “Don’t give up. I know it’s tough to balance work, family and school, but in the end it’s so worth it. Obtaining this degree has changed my life. I have new house, a new car and a secure job. I can honestly say that I would not be where I am without this degree.”