Antoinette Jackson – mrWF Work Ethic Scholarship
Antoinette is in her second year at Suffolk County Community College where she studies general automotive. Antoinette grew up around cars and trucks. Her family owns a Towing and Repair company on Long Island, New York, and she always helped out with the family business. Antoinette went on towing calls, performed oil-changes, and did anything else that needed doing to keep the doors open, including cleaning the restrooms. Hey, it’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it!
It wasn’t until the family’s Master Technician left the company that Antoinette decided she needed to up her automotive game. They tried to replace the Master Tech but discovered the challenges of finding a skilled successor.
“We were unable to find someone with the skill set to fit our company,” Antoinette told me. “My family decided that I would go back to school and learn the skills through a hands-on program.”
As a self-proclaimed “big fan of Mike Rowe,” Antoinette was well aware of the skills gap before it showed up in her own life. She has made a conscious decision to help bring awareness of her school’s program by volunteering to promote it saying, “I hope to be able to bring light to the need for skilled work and inspire others to follow their career paths [in the trades].”
Thanks to several scholarships, including the mikeroweWORKS Work Ethic Scholarship, Antoinette will graduate next May debt free.