Jesus Mercado Zazueta was referred by a friend who was getting ready to complete the Combination Welding program. During his Admissions tour, he was shown all 4 different programs and was indecisive on what he wanted to take. After viewing all that AAI had to offer, Jesus took a few weeks to think about which program he was going to choose. He did his research and spoke with his family about the career decision he was ready to make. Finally, Jesus decided to go through the Diesel Heavy Truck Diploma.
At first Jesus believed that it was going to be easy and that he could manage working at his full time job, attend school, complete his homework and spend time with his daughter. He found himself struggling the first few weeks until he reached out to his instructors for some help. His instructors were patient and offered him tutoring and the support that Jesus needed at the time.
Jesus starting working with Career Services early on in his program and really benefited from the workshops offered by Career Services department. Jesus made it a point to attend and participate in the mock interviewing, resume writing assistance, and cover letter creation. He tried a few job referrals before landing his dream job at Werner Enterprises as a Diesel Mechanic.
Jesus can now afford to work one job and spend more time with his daughter, which was his primary motivation to succeed at everything he did during his time at AAI.
He graduated with honors receiving a 4.0 along with perfect attendance. His tip to students is “If you want it, you’ll get it! Don’t let life challenges stop you from accomplishing your dreams”.