Mary Polter knows the benefit of education and hard work. In the late 1980s, she graduated from Moraine Park Technical College’s administrative assistant program while serving in the Army Reserves. For 25 years she worked in accounts payable at two employers. But when her department was outsourced overseas, she spent nine months searching for a new job. She considered her options and accepted her former employer’s reeducation funding.
Mary took a step in a new direction with college that had helped her in the past. She returned to Moraine Park to earn an associate degree in accounting.
Written by Terri Gillian, Administrative Professional student
I remember the day like it was yesterday. It was a Saturday night and I had just finished a 13-hour work day and a 53-hour work week. I was tired and I felt like I hadn’t seen my kids in days. I was juggling two jobs while supporting two kids on my own and I was exhausted in every way imaginable.
It was time for a change.
Metal Fabrication is all about changes. It’s a transformative act. Taking machines and structures and using them to cut, assemble or bend metal for different purposes.
But what changes in metal fabrication itself have happened over the years?