The Real Road: How Technical Education Shaped My Future

DeAire Wright

I didn’t realize it at the time, but at the age of eight years old, I took the first steps along a path that would lead me to my future career. What put me on that path? My mother had recently married and my new stepfather owned a dragster. I loved just sitting in the car and looking at the impressive engine. Even though my mom parted ways with him when I was 14, my love of cars and engines continued to grow, especially every time I played a racecar game or saw one.

After the divorce, my mom, brothers, and I moved and I began attending Cesar Chavez High School in Arizona. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending upon how you look at it, I really didn’t like high school. I was definitely not the sharpest tool in the shed; I didn’t apply myself and thus my grade point average was low. Somehow, I made it to junior year, and that is where I learned about the automotive program at Metro Tech High School. I enrolled immediately and was beyond excited. As soon as I got there on my first day of school, I felt like I was home. Shortly after that I got my own car and began fixing it myself.

At school, I began to pick up the information very easily, and fixing things on my own car seemed natural. Everything made sense to me. I was amazed at the transformation I was seeing in myself. I had been unmotivated at my old school, not caring that I was getting low grades. Now I was earning a 4.0 grade point average in my automotive classes both my junior and senior years of high school. I found my passion and knew I was on the right path toward my future career. But I also knew I needed more training after high school.

Every so often a representative from Universal Technical Institute (UTI) would come to our school and give us a presentation about what they offered. From the first time I met Adam Moore I liked him. Any time he would come to the school, I would make sure to greet him and help him carry his bags to the classrooms. He was great. He was always willing to talk with me about my future working on cars. I always looked forward to his presentations too and I didn’t want to miss a thing. During one of his presentations, my fellow classmates were being really rude. When he finished speaking, I was so upset, I stood up in front of class and told the 50 or so students that it was disrespectful to talk while Adam was giving his presentation. I told them that if this wasn’t what they wanted to do, there was the door.

I felt strongly about what I wanted to do, and I was not about to let anyone stand in my way of accomplishing that goal. I graduated high school and immediately attended UTI where I graduated with a 3.8 GPA and a 4.0 GPA in the Mercedes Benz program. I realized that through all of the trials I had been through, hard work and drive helped me accomplish my dreams. I know that there are many people who have faced worse conditions than me, but no matter how difficult something may become, problems in life are only obstacles in the path to your success.