Albany - What tools do you need to succeed in your career? On Thursday, 18 Albany Technical students got free tools from a major corporation to prepare them for their dreams.
Albany Technical College culinary arts students are working against the clock to feed award winners. Student, Carol Jones, says, "I've always loved to cook."
Students, like Jones, need tools to succeed. At age 58, Jones switched from healthcare to cooking. She adds, "You have to be well prepared in the kitchen and well prepared to take care of patients."
This time Jones is cooking for herself, she's one of the Miller Brewing Company Tools for Success Awardees.
Another student, Wheeler Davis, doesn't normally fix his truck wearing a suit and tie. He laughs, "No, normally I have old raggedy clothes on." This is a special day. Davis also got a Tools for Success Award for Auto Collision Repair. He says, "Tools, tools are the key."
Jones graduates Friday, but she's already started up a catering business with a classmate. She says, "I'm getting a professional mixer and confection oven."
As for Davis, while tightening a bolt he says, "Tell my employers I'm serious about my job and I have my tools ready to go." He's getting a jump start on his career.
The Miller Brewing Company Tools for Success started in Albany in 1993. Since then, more than $278,000 has funded nearly 170 scholarships for Albany Technical College graduates.