Catching up with Summer Program alum LeRoy Wheeler III

As many of the learners from our Readiness Institute Summer Program know, our connection doesn’t just end after the summer. We continue to stay in touch with learners when they go back for their senior year, after they graduate high school, and beyond. We’ve been checking in with some of the young adults who were a part of program and have now graduated high school and are on to their next steps of adulthood.

LeRoy Wheeler III

LeRoy WheelerWhere are you now?

I’m currently employed in the field of concrete. After completing my pre-apprenticeship at JobCorps in Concrete Masonry, I’ve gained practical experience in the industry. I am working for Local 526 Union in Pittsburgh.

What do you enjoy most about where you are now?

I love being able to spend time working with concrete blocks, creating structures and designs. It’s fascinating to see how each piece fits together like a puzzle, and I enjoy the satisfaction of seeing my craftsmanship come to life.

How did the Readiness Institute help you prepare for where you are now?

The Readiness Institute boosted my confidence to apply for jobs and equipped me with many skills to succeed in my current endeavors. It provided me with the tools and knowledge needed for success in my present situation.

What is your favorite memory of the Readiness Institute?

My favorite memory of the Readiness Institute is exploring various places and discovering how things are done differently, which was both fun and educational. I enjoyed touring these places and gaining insights into their operations.

What’s one thing on your bucket list — personally or professionally — that you would like to check off in the next five years?

In the next five years, I aim to pursue additional trades through further education, expanding my skill set and enhancing my career prospects. Acquiring new trades will not only enrich my professional profile but also fulfill a personal goal of continuous learning and self-improvement.

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