Eddy Taylor, Welding

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It has been said that children are likely to live up to what you believe of them. In Eddy Taylor’s case, Tri County Tech Welding Instructor, Scott Sutherland, believed highly of him. And since graduating from TCT’s Welding program early – during Spring Break of 2016 – Eddy’s future has never looked brighter.

But it wasn’t always so… Eddy was adopted when he was two years old, and by age 12, he says drugs had taken over his family. What followed were years of abuse and neglect that very well could have caused the youth to go down the wrong path.

Yet, Eddy found success at Tri County Tech, and as he says, “Tri County was like the family I’ve never had. These are my brothers and sisters, and Mr. Sutherland has been like my dad. I couldn’t have been more blessed than to go here.” Eddy is grateful for the assistance he received from the TCT Foundation and for the help given him from trusted TCT advisors like Dr. Dennis Grover and Erica Gallamore.

And Mr. Sutherland shares Eddy’s sentiments that Eddy is like a son to him and, in his characteristic witty style, adds that Eddy is one of his best and brightest.

Working now for the Bartlesville Dodge dealership, Eddy will be starting the Construction Management Program at Coffeyville College in the Fall 2016. After obtaining his associate’s degree, he has plans to transfer to Pitt State. But in the meantime, Eddy is breaking sales records in his new job and enjoying life while he lays the groundwork for a bright future.