From afterschool to electrician

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From afterschool to electrician

Today, we shine a light on Colby Holmes from New Hope, Alabama. Then a senior in high school, Colby attended the 2017 Afterschool for All Challenge in Washington, D.C. and took the time to tell his story: how his afterschool program has inspired his future career in a STEM field and fueled his ability to pursue his dreams.

“My afterschool program gave me the ability to pursue my career as an electrician,” Colby said in a video. “Last year, we built solar panel heaters and coolers for anybody that was in need. It made a huge difference in our community. I really feel good about being able to give back to my community through the afterschool program. It gave me the sense of being able to love electrical work, and be able just to believe in myself that I could do it.”

Currently, Colby is a student at J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College, studying to take the next steps in his career as an electrician. In part, his attendance is possible because of a $1,000 scholarship which he earned while attending the Mr. Fix It club at his high school. His afterschool advisor connected him to the opportunity.

Non-traditional and hands-on learning experiences are critical for students to internalize, engage with, and master the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) principles they may need in their careers. Afterschool programs can play a pivotal role in helping students discover their potential by connecting young people to authentic STEM learning experiences.

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