Susan P.

Apprentice Electrician

“For 15 years, I was a stay-at-home mom. I was running my own communications business on the side, running fiber and working with clients to hook up their computers and network systems. For the most part though, my full-time job was “mom.”

I knew that, eventually, I wanted to work more. I wanted to go back get my high school diploma. I wanted to be able to support my family and stop living paycheck to paycheck.

That opportunity came six years ago, when I got an offer through a trade organization to do some contract communications work for Windemuller. For a few years, I was doing one day of work a week for Windemuller. Just having that stable contract job helped me rediscover my career ambitions and start chasing my goals. I earned my high school diploma in 2016, and then went on to earn an associate’s degree in business. Then, in 2016, I got an offer to come aboard at Windemuller as a full-time electrical apprentice.

Working at Windemuller has brought about a tremendous and positive change in my life. It’s allowed me to find fulfillment in my professional life and take care of my family in my personal life. Windemuller values family, and they value education and career. The company has pushed me to learn new things and to step outside of my comfort zone.I regularly work with both the communications department and the electrical department. At the same time, I am currently taking double classes for the apprenticeships program.

Best of all, I know that all the hard work is leading me somewhere. Windemuller is a great company because there are so many opportunities for employees to climb the ladder. By next June, I will be ready to take my journeyman’s test. After that, I look forward to pursuing the next steps in my career—first as a foreman for Windemuller, and eventually as a project manager. These goals feel achievable to me, because I know Windemuller will always support me and help me get where I want to go. It’s part of the reason that I couldn’t ask for a better company to work for.”