Before attending Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College (NWLTC), Brooke Blackmon attended a four-year university where she majored in biology and veterinary technology.
During her sophomore year, Blackmon endured a major injury that caused her to lose her TOPS scholarship and withdraw from school.
After she recovered, Blackmon enrolled in NWLTC’s welding program at the Natchitoches campus to obtain a technical diploma in welding, and was honored as the 2016 recipient of the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Foundation scholarship.
“The award of the scholarship enabled me to attend school once again,” said Blackmon. “I have a variety of interests and am appreciative of the opportunity to continue my education. I am pursing welding because I can weld anywhere and really love it. Welding provides me with the pay I desire and the ability to get a job.”
Before earning her credential in welding, Blackmon was hired as a precision welder at C and H Precision Machining.