Stories and Testimonials
Randy Contreras pinpointed a profession even before he entered college. Contreras started working for Canyon Creek Construction during his senior year at Dayton High School, leading to his enrollment at Western Nevada College so he could study construction management.
"Growing up in a family who had never been in college, I always wanted to push myself," Contreras said. "I wanted it so bad, and WNC was where I was going to go."
Watching his dad's involvement in construction work steered Contreras into the profession. Working through his senior year at high school, Contreras became close with the owner of Canyon Creek Construction in Carson City.
"The owner found out my interest in construction and brought me in, and I started doing miscellaneous paperwork in the office and eventually became a project administrator," Contreras said. He began his formal training in construction management at WNC, with hopes of one day operating his own general contracting business. "This is a great community setting, and this would be a great headquarters for the office," Contreras said.
He plans to pursue a master’s degree in construction management after graduating from WNC in May 2013, and is working full-time for Intermountain Slurry Seal, a subsidiary of Granite Construction, in Reno.
Contreras received his Associate of Arts degree from WNC in 2010 and now is closing in on his Bachelor of Technology degree in Construction Management. Contreras' involvement and passion for his field is evident. He participated in the Associated Schools of Construction Region VI competition and has applied his construction expertise on campus by improving a screening wall at the Jack C. Davis Observatory.
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