Aaron Aumick – mrWF Work Ethic Scholarship
They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In 21 year-old Aaron Aumick’s case, that couldn’t be more accurate. Both Aaron and his father are volunteer firefighters AND carpenters. So are Aaron’s grandfather and great grandfather, making Aaron a fourth generation firefighter and carpenter.
“Since I was a kid I always wanted to be a volunteer firefighter. I decided I wanted to be a carpenter when I realized how much I enjoyed using my hands and building different things with my father and grandfather.”
In middle school Aaron entered a special program where he was able to use his imagination and build all kinds of things using wood, including a car!
“That’s where I knew I wanted to get involved with building.”
At Port Jervis High School Aaron participated in the Orange-Ulster BOCES program studying carpentry. He did well academically and with the carpentry trade. University was an option. A decision had to be made.
“I decided to go to school for this trade because of the employment availabilities. I could go get a 4 year degree but I wanted to have a career after I graduated.”
A self-proclaimed, “Big fan” of Mike Rowe, he learned about the mikeroweWORKS Work Ethic Scholarship program by reading about the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge on Mike’s Facebook page. Aaron identified with all of the tenets of the pledge. He applied and was accepted.
Aaron attended Alfred State College and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Building Trades and Carpentry. He carried a 4.0 GPA and won the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence while doing so. Best of all he had a career waiting for him when he graduated.
Today Aaron is a working member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America local 279 in Hudson Valley, New York. He is a third year apprentice on his way to becoming a Journeyman Carpenter. In addition Aaron is a volunteer Firefighter and EMT – doing his part to carry on the family business. How do you like them apples?
Way to go Aaron Aumick!