Apprenticeship Success – Nome Alaska
Nineteen year old Cameryn Olson is fast pursuing a life of accomplishments. After a couple of temporary jobs straight out of high school, Cameryn landed at Norton Sound Health Corporation in the Ophthalmology department, earning a decent wage.
More was desired, as she had always had her eyes on heavy equipment operating. She had applied to the Alaska Operating Engineers’ apprenticeship program a year prior, but fell just a month short of obtaining her driver’s license, making her ineligible for the program.
Not stopping at such a silly hurdle, and now with her license in hand, Cameryn successfully completed a 40-hour hands-on equipment operating training with Alaska Works Partnership, becoming familiar with the school and staff, and finishing at the top of her class.
She applied again, interviewed, and was accepted! She says she will miss home but is ready to do what it takes to follow her dreams.
Relocating from Nome to the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Cameryn had a moment of hesitation, as the thought of leaving her hometown and starting over somewhere new was uncovering emotions she hadn’t yet experienced. The hesitation didn’t last long, though, as she quickly began looking forward to the new beginning! With an enthusiastic work ethic and positive attitude, Cameryn is on track for a bright and rewarding career with the Alaska Operating Engineers as a heavy equipment operator!
A quick check-in with Cameryn recently, she revealed that she is absolutely loving the training and is excited to be a part of building Alaska by working on projects all over the state! We look forward to tracking Cameryn’s success and sharing her accomplishments with hope that they will inspire the next Success Story!