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"The skills I have gained at Wake Tech each time I come back have actually led to several promotions in my life."
From plumbing to HVAC to electrical work, Charles Myatt has made a career in the skilled trades.
Yet, he's aware that staying in tune with current technology is critical to his success. Described as a lifelong learner, Myatt believes you run the risk of being left behind and possibly without a job if your skills are lagging.
"I realized industries are changing," Myatt noted. "Everything now is more electrical, and, for me, I needed to have a stronger skill set in electronics."
A current Associate in Applied Science Electronics Engineering Technology degree student, Myatt is no newcomer to Wake Tech. He's working on his third associate degree and has earned diplomas in plumbing, HVAC and electronics engineering since 2003 to diversify his training in skilled trades.
His latest program prepares students to become technicians who design, install, test, troubleshoot and repair developmental and production electronic components and equipment. Myatt says expanding his electrical knowledge will add to his skill set and help him remain competitive.
"I chose Wake Tech because I knew I would get a great education," Myatt said. "The skills I have gained at Wake Tech each time I come back have actually led to several promotions in my life."
In addition to acquiring new skills, Myatt said he's also a better problem solver because of his training at Wake Tech.
"In the industry I work in, you always learn how to perform a task," Myatt said. "When I came to Wake Tech, I was able to gain the knowledge to know why you perform a task a certain way."
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