Daniel Zdroik– mrWF Work Ethic Scholarship
When Daniel Zdroik was a sophomore in high school he took a “Heavy Metal Tour.” No, he wasn’t the front man for a heavy metal band; far from it – Dan liked to play guitar but he was a self-described “shy kid who kept to himself.” This Heavy Metal Tour was part of the Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Program, and it took Dan and his classmates to local businesses in the area that offered apprenticeship programs.
At first, Dan wasn’t really interested in what this tour had to offer. He imagined a career in law enforcement one day. But there was a job-shop that caught Dan’s interest – Marten Machining. They make a lot of tools and components for the medical industry. Dan was impressed by how clean and well organized the shop was. He was fascinated by the idea that so many things could be made from metal.
When Marten offered Dan a paid apprenticeship, he took it.
“It was something I was willing to try out. I wasn’t sure I’d stick with it.”
Dan was the kind of employee that got noticed. He was always looking for something to do to make himself more valuable to the company. It was Dan’s work ethic that caught the attention of owner, Al Marten. Al suggested that Dan could have a career in Precision Machining. He recommended Dan look into furthering his education at a trade school.
This fall, Dan will begin his second year at Mid-State Technical College, but right now he’s in Louisville, Kentucky at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference competing in Precision Machining. Dan hopes he runs into Mike Rowe at the conference to thank him for the #mikeroweWORKS scholarship. Mike and Daniel share more than just an appreciation for mikeroweWORKS, they are both Eagle Scouts.