Jason Whaling enrolled in the Construction Technology program at Tri County Tech determined not to let what he couldn’t yet do interfere with his dreams. Mid-way through a successful career as a Flight Attendant and suffering from PTSD, Jason made the big decision to move back to his hometown of Bartlesville to start his life on a new track.
Always interested in the Tiny House movement but lacking the necessary skills to build his own, Jason discovered the Construction Technology program at Tri County Tech and set out to learn carpentry, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing so that he could build his own Tiny House.
Searching for ways to help finance his education, Jason applied for a scholarship from the Tri County Tech Foundation and was ecstatic when he learned 75% of his tuition would be covered. He says, “Although it’s been a sacrifice at my age to take a year off to go back to school, the Foundation has given me the chance to invest the time I need to make my dream a reality.”
Jason adds, “Tri County Tech has given me a way to start over in my life… the possibility to make money doing something that I’m passionate about so that my work won’t seem like work at all.”
The Construction Technology program at Tri County Tech provides training for today’s highly technical workforce. NCCER National Certification Level One is available in electricity, plumbing, carpentry, and heat and air. Upon completion of the program, students may begin working as an apprentice in a specific area or continue their education with one of our many college partners. Learn more about the Construction Technology program here.