Meet Adam

US Marine Corps


In April 2015, Adam enrolled in the Ironworkers pre-apprenticeship program, a unique initiative co-created and supported by United Way, for post-9/11 veterans to train for employment in the building and construction industries.


Since then, he has put his skills to practice, moving into a paid four-year apprentice program. Veteran apprentices are full-time employees, earning good wages with benefits.


“I was going to school for architecture and it was very difficult getting into that field and job opportunities weren't there. Because I had experience in structures and design, I felt that experience could benefit me in this program. This is the start of my career. It's a huge step in the right direction. My family is looking to me to finish this and I don't want to let them down.”


Today, Adam is working hard and earning a living wage!