Sophie Snider

“It started when I was 8 years old with an old truck I worked on with my dad.  Those were great times.  I really had fun working side by side with my dad, who’s gone now.  I’ve been interested in engines ever since.”

The youngest of four, Snider said she takes on much of the responsibility of taking care of her family and holding them together.  “When my dad died, I was in high school.  It was hard on all of us.  Now, keeping my family together is important to me.”

Snider is now in full swing with the Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology program.  “I even have a job lined up, which will allow me to work around my classes.  I started in mid-March.”

She credits her instructor with preparing her for the job market.

“People jump at hiring someone out of this program because they know how good it is,” she said. “This has definitely been a worthwhile program for me, and I cannot say enough about how outstanding our instructor is!”

Snider’s prize possession today is the truck she worked on with her dad, a 1991 Chevy S10.  “Believe it or not, my brother kept the truck.  It took me a while to be able to look at it because the memories were so painful.  I’m glad we kept it.  I plan to fix it up so my nieces and nephews can learn to drive a stick shift like we all did.  It’s a great story I can share with them, so they know more about my dad, their grandfather.”