Williamson Paves Way for Masonry Student’s Success

2021-02-19T15:34:35-05:00 February 17th, 2021|

Two weeks into his senior year, James “Jimmy” McGarrigle received a job offer from the company he interned with over the summer. The Texas-headquartered construction firm was eager to hire the Masonry student who performed unusually well during an internship that was entirely online. It was Williamson that helped Jimmy win this promising job opportunity, [...]

Home-Schooled Brothers Discover Diversity at Williamson

2021-04-09T16:07:03-04:00 February 5th, 2021|

Gabriel Burnshaw thought he would apply to the police academy or enlist in the Coast Guard after high school. His younger brother, Nathanial, considered joining the plumbers or electricians unions. Both these teens – two of nine children – ended up choosing Williamson at the encouragement of their mother, Nicole. She saw in Williamson a [...]

Machine Shop Senior is Fully Equipped for the Future

2021-01-26T09:16:06-05:00 January 22nd, 2021|

Resilient and reliable. That’s how Williamson faculty and coaches describe John Busa, a senior who has excelled in Machine Shop and basketball. It’s also how John speaks of his father, who’s always been by his side, from the seat of a wheelchair. Growing up with a disabled father and a mother with health issues has [...]

Senior Inks Good Impression at Williamson

2021-01-23T18:04:33-05:00 January 22nd, 2021|

Joe McDonald wears a tattoo on his forearm of his grandfather’s armed services card. The name, rank and serial number remind him of his grandfather’s love and companionship when he was a young boy shuffling between the homes of his divorced parents. Williamson gave Joe the opportunity to become the man his grandfather would have [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]