FIRST Robotics

Eight years ago, FIRST robotics captured my heart with its vibrant spirit of ‘coopertition.’ Volunteering at the Seven Rivers Regional in LaCrosse, WI, I aimed to bridge the gap between industry and education. Little did I know, FIRST would profoundly impact my life. This year, I entered the venue not as a volunteer for a company, […]

ACE Certification

“Whatever good things we build end up building us.” – Jim Rohn Throughout my career in the trades, I have been privileged to have worked on a vast variety of extraordinary projects, from aerospace to medical components. I take a great deal of pride in crafting precision parts and I immensely enjoy the challenge as well as […]

Cutting More than Chips

I was cutting more than chips in the shop this morning. 😜 Today marked the end of a 20+ year era of sporting pigtails and zip-tied ponies in the shop.✂️ Been feeling more alive than I have felt in years – though the meds that keep my immune system in check have not been as […]

Growing Into A Career that Fits

There has been much chatter recently about the major shift in how the working class has been transitioning away from the traditional role of being a cog in the corporate machine– and the refrain that folks just ‘don’t want to work anymore’.  As I have spent most of my career as one of these cogs, […]

Transformative Journey

Last week, I embarked on a transformative journey to #Portland, #Oregon, uniting with esteemed peers in the #CNC industry, individuals I’ve long admired. Our purpose? To forge a path towards an exceptionally #unique training platform for #CTE #professional #development . What I brought back this morning transcended the confines of a mere project’s beginning. Returning to #Wisconsin, I carried with me a rekindled passion, an awakened spirit, […]

Mental Health Awareness

This was a deeply #personal and heart wrenching #cnc #router project and it is not one I wish to repeat, so I would like to break the silence and talk about it for a moment.