Stories and Testimonials
After graduating from Douglas High School in Minden in 2001, Katie Christian attended the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona, worked as a security guard for the Marine Corps, and was a shipper for North Sails. But something was missing. Christian believes she has found it at WNC, where she is seeking an Associate of Applied Science degree in machine tool technology.
"First and foremost as a girl, I've been into what the boys like to do," Christian said. "When the machine aspect of it came about, I felt this was my comfort zone. To be part of machine tool technology at WNC, I feel this is where I fit."
"It is incredible... it makes me feel like I'm receiving a pat on the back. This is so beneficial for my family and my new baby. It makes me strong as a person, strong as a woman and strong as a potential employee."
"My grandfather was a machinist. Maybe it was fate," she said. "It means a whole lot to me to work with my hands."
While pursuing her degree and raising a family, Christian is helping her husband launch a business, Bounty Hunter Fabrications in Wellington. She can see herself being comfortable in different work roles.
"That's open-ended,” she said. I can see myself working for a great machine shop or helping my husband run his business."
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