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Texas Apprentice - RDO Equipment and UTI

image John Goodson, RDO Equipment and UTI Intern/Team member, Irving, TX

DALLAS/FORT WORTH - Raised in Fort Worth by a single mother who instilled in him a strong work ethic, John Goodson was often the one to repair things, both for himself and his family. When he later traveled on the road with his band, “Mr. Fix-It” (as he was called by his bandmates and friends) was the one keeping the band’s tour bus running. But it wasn’t until he worked on a ranch that he learned how to repair heavy construction equipment and soon became the go-to-guy for repairs on the property. Goodson liked being the one people turned to and trusted for fixing machines, calling it “the most rewarding job.”

    The rigors of working full-time on the ranch and touring more than 200 days a year with the band began to wear on Goodson, who wanted to settle down with his fiancé Symantha. He decided to explore his talent for fixing things and began researching a 9-month program at Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Irving. However, incurring student loan debt made Goodson nervous, and most available scholarships were available for 18-year olds, not a 30-year-old like Goodson.
    But a scholarship offered by the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a charity established by “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe that supports careers in the trades, had no such age limit.  Goodson applied for the scholarship and was one of 135 recipients who won it. To compound the good news, when UTI Irving learned that Goodson won the mikeroweWORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship, the school awarded him an additional $2,500 scholarship.
    UTI’s employment coordinator soon recommended RDO Equipment Co. as a company he might want to work for. He applied for the company’s “Access Your Future” program and was accepted for an internship at the company’s Irving store. Now, he spends his days doing what he loves most – helping to fix the equipment. This month, Goodson will graduate from UTI and join RDO Equipment Co. full-time.
    “I love it,” Goodson says, excited about his future in construction. “I love learning and I can’t get enough of it.”
    RDO Equipment Co. sells and services John Deere, Vermeer, Topcon and other heavy equipment. Universal Technical Institute is a specialty school offering technician training opport-unities. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net