From the time Enow Tanyi could remember, he dreamed of becoming a doctor or engineer. Attending school at night in Colorado, he worked odd jobs and then at Walmart. “One day as I was walking out of class, I bumped into a Marine Corps officer. He introduced himself and spoke to me about joining. He gave me a card so that I could check out the information. From there, I did some research and met the recruiter the next day. He encouraged me to take the exam and I passed it.” That very same day, Enow took a physical and flew to Chicago to start basic training. About three months later, he landed in Pensacola, Florida, where he would be for two years. “I left Pensacola so that I could be deployed to Afghanistan to work as a Medical Field Technician. There, I was responsible for emergency medical situations. After five months, I was stationed in the field.”   For Enow, remembering this portion of his journey is quite painful. “On one of our most active days, I was attempting to help someone get beyond the line of fire and ended up being shot in the stomach. I went unconscious. Unaware of my location, I was airlifted to receive immediate medical treatment and transferred directly to Germany.” He would be there for six months in recovery.  Eventually, Enow was sent back to the medical battalion where he worked for one year. The military asked him if he was interested in re-enlisting for five more years, but he had other plans. “I applied at the Colorado School of Mines where the concentration or focus is engineering and science.” He was dedicated to it. After two years, he got an externship with GE in Houston. “I liked Houston so much that I decided to put in applications with different schools, so I applied to Prairie View University.” He transferred, attended for two years and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. Enow began looking for employment aggressively and putting in applications while at Workforce Solutions. “I met Brandon from the Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) through one of the counselors there. This is where I learned about the NCCER training. I signed up for it and attended the class. Embedded in the training was financial literacy, resume rework and mental wellness workshops. I also learned during the one on one coaching session about the Hard Hat Hero’s credentialing program that aligns my military service. I think the most impressionable time in the workshop was being exposed to new opportunities. Construction is something that is used and tied to engineering, so it was really a perfect fit.”   When he completed the NCCER cohort, he transferred directly into the HAUL/EDS Disaster Recovery Training where Enow was able to receive another certification related to the field of construction. PullQuote-focusedDirectly thereafter, he entered the industry as an electrician technician. A few weeks later, while Enow was at work, he received a call from the Army Corp of Engineers who extended an invitation to interview. “The Army Corp called me in to interview for a mechanical engineering officer position. After the meeting, I was presented with an offer letter and so I decided to accept it.” The new opportunity pays $34.00 an hour as GS 8!    All I can say is, “God always has a plan for everyone. Just stay focused and fight for it. Learn from your mistakes, stay positive and follow your dreams.”


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