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M e e t o u r S C H O L A Rs
2019 Scholarship recepients
N a s s i m a B o u l a z r e g
My name is Nassima Boulazreg. I'm 34 years old and have spent many years trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. When I found out that Shasta Builders Exchange was an option to find a new career I wanted to find out more. I spent about six months researching what an electrician does, what kind of work they do, what kind of things they might encounter and I knew that that was right for me. I love the fact that electrical work is always changing, its never the same, never boring. I decided right then and there that I was going to choose a new path and going to the Shasta Builders Exchange has been life changing for me. I love working outdoors, working indoors, working in the elements everyday it's something different something new I'm always learning and that's what I love. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be able to apply for the scholarship at the Charles Candelaria Memorial Foundation. I'm a hard worker and strive to do my best in everything that comes my way. I love working every single day and sometimes even on the weekends when jobs arise. If you ask any one of my friends or family they will tell you that I am one of the hardest workers that they've ever met. I'm strong and courageous with a love to serve others and help out my community. Watching people's faces light up when I fix their problems or install new lighting it makes my heart happy and puts a smile on my face. I am forever grateful for the opportunities that I have and the path I've chosen.
J O S E G u z m a n, JR.
My name is Jose Guzman Jr. I’m 19 years old and I got into the trades (Plumbing and some HVAC) at 18 years old. I come from a humble household of six and I am the oldest out of four boys. My mom and dad are very hard working and have done their best to provide for me and my younger brothers. They have always taught me that “a hard working man (or woman) never goes hungry and is always welcomed everywhere.” I’m thankful to have such hardworking parents that taught me to be hard working.
At age 16 I got a job cleaning horse stalls at a local horse hostelry, A & B Hostelry, at which I still clean stalls with my mom and younger brother after work or on the weekend. They're great people and they appreciate having someone they can rely upon. My second job was working at Little Caesars at age 17. I knew I didn’t want to stay there forever because I wanted to do something better for myself and for my family, something I could be proud of! Something that would make me more beneficial to society and impact people’s lives in a positive way!
During my senior year, at Enterprise High School, I asked my woodshop instructor, Ed Boontjer, if he knew of any nearby trade related companies that were hiring for an apprentice. He mentioned Wallner Plumbing Heating and Air. Mid-July of 2018 I was hired to be the shop boy and, on occasions, a helper. Ever since I’ve started to slowly build my tool collection and try my best at every job I went out on! My hard work was noticed and eight months after I started working there my boss enrolled me into the plumbing apprenticeship program! I’ve very grateful for that! I love thinking about the future and how much I will be able to help my parents financially more and more thanks to the trades and my hard work. I will start to learn HVAC along with a Plumbing. For now I will focus on earning my Journeyman Plumbing License.
S A R N S A E C h A o
My name is Sarn Saechao and I was born in Thailand but immigrated to Redding with my family in 1990, so that makes me bilingual in both the English and Mien language. I have been married to my wife for 12 years and together we have 3 kids: Mackenzie, Charlotte and Bailey. I enjoy golfing and fishing on my free time. Tiger Woods is one of my favorite golfers.
Before deciding to go into the electrical industry, I worked as a pharmacy technician for about 10 years. I love working with my hands, but my kids are the main reason I decided to go back to school. I am excited to start a new journey in my life and get into a field where hopefully someday I can start my own business and give my kids a more promising future.
P h i l l i p P o r t e r
Hello, my name is Phillip Porter and I am a 27 year old student at Shasta Builders Exchange Trade School. Ever since I left college to help my father at the local woodworking plant in Hayfork, I have wanted to become an electrician. It wasn’t until I discovered the program at SBE that I found a realistic path to achieve my goal. I was born in the small town of Weaverville while my family was on vacation in Trinity County. I lived in San Pedro until I was 12, at which point both of my parents were incarcerated, so my sister and I moved to Hayfork to live with my grandmother. As a great grandmother who raised 5 children over her lifetime, she was not physically able to raise 2 more teenagers, so we were sent to live in a foster home. Two years later my father was released and moved to Hayfork so we could live with him. After finishing high school with honors, I attended Santa Barbara City College for a year, but even with financial aid was unable to keep up with the expenses of the school. Eventually I moved back to Hayfork to work at Jefferson State Forest Products, a struggling plant where my father was a supervisor. The plant closed down after a year, and was reopened as Trinity Mountain Products where I worked for 6 months before being laid off due to a shortage of work. I stayed busy working some labor and landscaping jobs until November of 2017 when I found out I had a child on the way. This inspired me to get back into school and finally pursue my dream.
I am now a second year electrical trainee, having finished each semester with an A and even being first in my class last semester. I also won the Ideal Electrical Competition event held at the school two years in a row and plan on competing every year. Life's challenges have taught me not to let anything stop me from reaching my goals. I hope to become a licensed electrician and own my own company one day, Emerald Electric, named after my daughter Emerald. Without my daughter or my wife I may have never decided to take the first step down the path toward my career goal. Thank you for considering me for the Charles Candelaria Memorial Fund and I would be honored to be a part of his legacy.
FUND. MENTOR. BUILD.
The Charles Candelaria Memorial Foundation exists to serve
aspiring skilled tradespeople in Northern California by providing
funding toward trade-specific education and training.
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