Basketball Player Rebounds at Williamson

2020-12-22T13:50:41-05:00 December 10th, 2020|

Vatangoe “Tangoe” Donzo comes from a family of African immigrants who fled war-torn Liberia and eventually settled in a rough neighborhood in West Philadelphia. Tangoe’s parents, a cab driver and home nursing aide, did all they could to protect their son from going down the wrong path. Tangoe would take the right path for his [...]

Masonry Student Cements Work Ethic

2020-11-20T11:21:42-05:00 November 20th, 2020|

Colin Suter’s dad was deployed to Iraq when his son was in the fourth grade. It was a long and hard year for Colin — painful, stressful and uncertain, Colin recalls.  He remembers standing with his three siblings around the kitchen table with his mother’s laptop computer set up for short, 10-minute conversations over Skype. [...]

Horticulture Student Takes a Different Path

2020-11-04T17:03:30-05:00 October 30th, 2020|

Kevin Tran’s parents, who fled Vietnam, wanted job security for their only child in America. But he showed interest in becoming an environmental conservationist, not the doctor or lawyer his parents expected him to be. Williamson’s Horticulture program gave Kevin the opportunity to pursue his passion with self-assuredness and freedom from the pain and pressures [...]

First-Generation Senior Succeeds, Impacts Family of Nine

2021-01-15T15:07:20-05:00 October 23rd, 2020|

Joseph Ehly worked to earn money at a younger age than most boys. Shoveling snow or cutting grass, he knew that his parents couldn’t afford anything beyond the most basic necessities. Coming from a low-income family of seven children, Joseph learned to be independent, responsible and resourceful. He built upon these traits at Williamson, [...]

Summer Internships for Williamson’s Young Tradesmen

2020-12-03T13:32:03-05:00 September 4th, 2020|

Retrofitting a basement into a home hair salon. Repairing an energy boiler for a California dairy plant. Installing garden containers in a Philadelphia park. These are some of the projects Williamson students worked on during their summer break. Regarded as key to their hands-on trade education, students between their freshman and junior years, as well as junior and senior years, are expected to find work in their chosen trade. To help them, Williamson has established an [...]

A Framework for Success for Carpentry Student

2020-10-05T14:02:33-04:00 July 28th, 2020|

Deonta' Martin is one of the lead carpenters on the University of Delaware's $80 million new athletic center. With such responsibility, you might think Deonta' was a professional carpenter with years of experience in his field. But he is only 20, a young man from a troubled and impoverished neighborhood who is set to graduate from Williamson [...]

Painter Triumphs after Challenging Senior Year

2020-07-29T09:29:30-04:00 June 19th, 2020|

Painting and sandblasting crude oil tanks at 35 feet in the air is not what James Moorhead ever imagined he would be doing. But McDermott International recruited this Paint and Coatings student for the job, trusting him with such highly specialized work. The summer internship Jimmy got through Williamson Career Services presented him with [...]

A Student’s Dreams of Success and Service

2020-07-29T09:30:19-04:00 June 4th, 2020|

When Jeremy Gannon’s stepfather died suddenly, his mother went to work as a bartender, one of several jobs she took in order to provide for her family. Then a high school student, Jeremy stepped up to care for his four younger siblings, the youngest still a baby. At Williamson, Jeremy would have a community that [...]

Williamson Empowers Student with a Successful Future

2020-07-29T09:31:12-04:00 May 20th, 2020|

George Bradley moved in and out of schools frequently in his young life. His mother, who worked temp jobs to support the family, took him and his brother to Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina. The constant disruption challenged George academically. George would find stability and academic achievement in his three years at Williamson. He [...]

The Support of a Williamson Brotherhood

2020-07-29T09:31:41-04:00 May 8th, 2020|

Senior Carpenter Jean Obispo never knew his father who died when he was two years old. Helping to fill that void was a close circle of friends and faculty at Williamson, who have supported and encouraged him to succeed as a young man and a tradesman. Williamson also stepped up by providing Jean a safe [...]