Angie Norton standing outside under tree

September 20, 2022

Support to persevere on new paths

construction electrician alumna angie norton

高中毕业后,19岁的安吉·诺顿(Angie Norton)参加了一个为期四年的大学护理课程. She discovered quickly that it was not the path for her. Shortly after starting the program, 安吉发现自己正在处理心理健康和成瘾问题,这迫使她退出了这个电竞博彩公司排名. “我不是最好的人,我没有离开,而是照顾好自己, I isolated myself and failed.” 

Angie moved home and enrolled in community college but still struggled. “I was tired of the person I was and I wanted to change.” Angie worked hard to heal and get healthy. 她工作了,完全改变了生活方式,和父母住在一起.

一天,当她站在厨房里的时候,她的爸爸问了她一个问题——你这辈子要做什么? “我记得我说我不知道我的梦想是什么,他的回答是,‘你只需要选择一个.’,” said Angie. She took that advice and started considering her options. 

安吉在大学生涯开始时的经历使她对医疗保健感到害羞, but she knew she wanted to work with her hands, not behind a desk. “我的家人在建筑行业工作,一个叔叔鼓励我考虑成为一名电工,” she said. “反正我是一个不墨守成规的人,建筑领域对我来说是全新的、令人兴奋的.”

A Fresh Start on an Unexpected Path

Angie started in Anoka Technical College’s Construction Electrician program as one of only a few women. 从第一天起,教师们就不遗余力地支持安吉作为一名女性进入行业. 导师们主动解决了她在工作场所文化中可能面临的一些挑战,并为他们自己和与她一起参加电竞博彩公司排名的其他学生设定了支持标准. Angie found it a bit tricky, during the first week of classes, to feel included in the classroom with her peers. But, 一个简单的邀请,加入一群同学在校园吃午饭, she quickly set a foundation for friendships that still last today.

“我非常感谢所有帮助我的同学,他们给了我想要的大学经历,” said Angie. “我的老师和学生们在那里帮助支持我的每一步.”

Support to Persist

Angie hit her stride. 她找到了一个挑战她的电竞博彩公司排名,并得到了老师和朋友的支持,让她始终如一地为自己和她选择追随的梦想而努力. 在课程只剩下一个学期的时候,安吉突然遭遇了一场悲剧.

“当时我是电竞博彩公司排名的第二年和下学期,我和朋友们在拉斯维加斯,这时我接到妈妈的电话,告诉我家里发生了悲剧,” said Angie. 在电话中,她妈妈告诉我,她爸爸在雪地摩托上出了车祸, 失踪了几天,已经去世了——这就是她所记得的,然后对这个消息感到麻木,并回家与家人团聚. 

这个突然的、悲剧性的损失让安吉纠结于如何继续她的教育. How could she give herself the space and time to grieve, take care of her own mental health and fulfill a dream inspired by her Dad?  

Angie reached out to her instructors for support and guidance. 安吉说:“老师们鼓励我花时间,但也要确保我完成了我开始的工作。. 

And that’s exactly what she did. 

“Going to class and finishing the program gave me the normalcy, comradery and hilarity that I needed and didn’t even know it. 我不认为安诺卡理工的每个人都意识到他们正在为我提供我需要的东西. I credit a lot of my ability to finish to the faculty and students.”

Graduate, Apprentice and Dreamer 

Angie completed the program and had a job with one of Anoka Technical College’s Foundation partners, Milow Electric, before graduation. 

“我在第二年获得了米洛学院的奖学金,当我知道他们在招聘的时候 , the instructors at Anoka Tech encouraged me to apply,” said Angie.

Angie was an apprentice with Milow for three years, 他们认可了她在客户服务方面的实力,并给予她比一般学徒多得多的信任. From day one, 她在米洛大学的团队在这个领域对她一视同仁——但作为一名建筑业女性,她感到筋疲力尽. “Being on new jobsites all the time there was a fair share of belittling, never from my colleagues, but there were some bad experiences,” said Angie. “But I would never want that to discourage me or other women to go into the field; women need to be represented in the trades.” 

Recently, 安吉决定从建筑电工领域和她在米洛的职位上休息一下,专注于准备她成为熟练电工的考试. By taking a step back, Angie has been able to take care of her mental health, work part-time and plan for her next dream with her fiancé. 

“My fiancé is in the Air Force and will be out soon. He’s spent years supporting my dreams so we have a plan to slow down, 在我们安定下来组建家庭之前,去别的地方旅行,甚至可能住在别的地方.”

No matter where Angie’s next dream takes her, she is more confident and stronger because of her time at Anoka Tech. “安诺卡科技是我生命中很重要的一部分——我经历了巨大的转变,回到了我想成为的那个人. I am SO thankful for the college and everyone there for being part of that.”


安诺卡技术学院的存在是为了为学生和周围社区提供明尼苏达州最好的职业和技术教育. 如果没有社会多个部门之间的互利伙伴关系,这一使命就不可能实现. 这个故事摘自《全球十大博彩公司》第4期.

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