Be sure, be bold, be you


Photo by Tre Mooring

Try out a trade program to be sure of your interests, says Tre Mooring.

As an alumnus of AACC, I believe all students should consider learning a trade along with getting a formal education.

When I chose AACC, I knew I wanted to work in a field that would have an impact on lives—something more than just sitting at a desk.

When I registered for the pre-med pharmacy track, I was excited. But at the same time, it was daunting and a bit vague.

Even after starting classes, I still didn’t really know what I was getting into, and that bothered me.

It felt like I was investing in a shadow.

Then, at the beginning of my second year, I heard about the pharmacy technician program and saw an opportunity to get a start in the field.

The beauty of a trade program is that almost everything I learned mattered right away. It streamlined and reinforced everything daily.

Most importantly, I had hands-on use of medical equipment and learned the safety guidelines of my field.

At the same time, confidence in my own abilities was growing.

I got to know my professors and learn from their experiences. I had support from day one with everything from coursework to job security.

The best part was the five-week internship, during which I could show off what I had learned and discover more about the ever-changing field I am proud to be a part of.

I hope my experience will encourage you to also find a trade you can thoroughly experience before you’ve dedicated your time and effort to a “maybe.”

Be sure, be bold, be you.

Tre Mooring graduated from AACC last year with an associate’s degree in transfer studies and a pharmacy technician certificate.