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Camellio Gonzales – Western Technology Center - Burns Flat

Possibilities beyond the plywood for displaced construction worker.

THEN: A form carpenter for an electric company, building pads for air conditioning units. Camellio Gonzales was laid off from his job and decided to go back to school. The Sentinel resident was looking for a career that was interesting and in-demand, and he enrolled at Western Technology Center-Burns Flat to sharpen his carpentry skills. Camellio recently completed the construction technology program, where he

  • Received numerous industry certifications.
  • Received a Silver award on the ACT Career Readiness Certification WorkKeys test.
  • Broadened his carpentry knowledge and learned to use a variety of tools and machinery.
  • Completed safety training.
  • Learned the importance of good math skills for the carpentry profession.

NOW: Working on an industrial technology for manufacturing degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Camellio said his time at Western Technology Center was “a godsend” because he can now see possibilities beyond the plywood. He is more confident and comfortable using the equipment in his program at SWOSU. 

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