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Discovering Welders without Borders

Adrián López from the USA/Mexico

I decided to leave my studies ¡n México and my career in electronic engineering to come back to USA. just at the moment when I was feeling I would fail, I heard about a school that had a welding program called "Soldadores Sin Fronteras"—Welders Without Borders.

Adrián with his ESL classmates
Photos from Adrián López
I am already studying ESL at a college in Arizona that has excellent English teachers.




Photos from Adrián López
Professor Samuel Colton told me that he had a program called "Soldadores Sin Fronteras"—Welders Without Borders, a group that promotes the growth of Latinos in the United States as welders.



Adrián the welder

Photos from Adrián López
Feeling the heat that comes from the welding and feeling the bright light that invades my body is really fascínating.



My ñame is Adrián López. I was born ¡n the USA, but I grew up in México. My whole life, l've lived in México. I went to school there and to the university, but in 2005 I finished my schooling in México to come back to my native country and started my future here.

As a Chicano who grew up in México, speaking Spanish, one of my barriers to achieve my professional and personal goals, is the language, but this is a problem that I can overcome.

I am already studying ESL at a college that has excellent English teachers who have a particular interest in helping the students learn.

My story begins at the moment when I decided to leave my studies ¡n México and my career in electronic engineering to come back to USA.

There was a time when I felt a little disappointed in myself, but just at the moment when I was feeling I would fail, I heard about a school that had a welding program and I got interested in it.

After a while, I decided to have an interview with the professor who was the head of that welding program. When I met this man, Professor Samuel Colton, he inspired respect and admiration, as well as trust.

He told me that he had a program called "Soldadores Sin Fronteras"—Welders Without Borders, a group that promotes the growth of Latinos in the United States as welders.

Then I decided to study welding and got hooked. I found a fascinating and wonderful world.

It's magnificent to have the knowledge and the abilities to construct and créate things and have the chance to do it better. Feeling the heat that comes from the welding and feeling the bright light that invades my body is really fascínating.

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