Danielle Pakes

Danielle Pakes, BTC grad

Blackhawk Technical College

Welding, 2009

J.P. Cullen & Sons

Danielle grew up on a farm and became interested in welding in high school. She enrolled at Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) after completing every welding class available at her high school.

"The teachers were phenomenal," she says of Blackhawk. "They brought awesome things to the table to teach. And the students were really welcoming."

Danielle gained experience in welding structural steel, aluminum, stainless steel and other metals, as well as the ability to read blueprints, create welding sketches and layouts. Just two days after receiving her high school diploma, she landed her first job with a construction firm.