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Jordyn’s Story: “I Learned I Love Trying Different Things”

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"I’ve learned that your ideas are never too far out of reach if you have the tools to achieve them.”

Name: Jordyn

High School: CEC Early College

CareerConnect Experience: MakerConnect, three internships

Future Goals: Graduate college and become a mechanical engineer

Jordyn’s teacher caught him in the hallway his freshman year and asked him if he wanted to do an internship to “see how your skills are applied out in the real world.”

After overcoming his initial hesitation, the CEC Early College student signed up, and in Jordyn’s words, “That’s where it all took off.”

“It didn’t hurt that getting paid and the additional college credit made the opportunity really stick out,” he said. “However, I learned that the opportunity is a job and learning experience all in one.”

“It didn’t hurt that getting paid and the additional college credit made the opportunity really stick out.”

Now Jordyn dreams of becoming a mechanical engineer.

He has completed three internships, two at RK Mechanical, and one at Community College of Denver’s Architecture and Advanced Manufacturing Center.

During his first internship at the plumbing shop, he improved his mechanical chops by cleaning copper pipes and PVC.

“We were given the opportunity to use dangerous machines and materials, as long as the shop managers were there to supervise and teach us.”

In addition to feeling part of the crew, Jordyn learned more about himself:

“I learned I love trying different things and the feeling I get once I accomplish something new.”  

“I learned I love trying different things and the feeling I get once I accomplish something new.”

Jordyn took advantage of deepening both his building and design skills throughout his experiences.

Using AutoCAD software, Jordyn led the design of four prototypes of signs for a new office, collecting feedback from his team before iterating on a final product.

He also had the opportunity to learn on the mechanical side of the shop, understanding what tools are needed to do the same work some of the bigger machines can produce.

And he’s designing different mailbox stands on the 3D design tool Tinkercad and can create and print 3D objects in one day.

“Now I know how to 3D print and create, to see something come from nothing,” he said. “I’ve learned that your ideas are never too far out of reach if you have the tools to achieve them.”