Doyle Reid - HVAC Specialist“…When I came back to school, it seemed like everything fell into place for me – I’ve not regretted it for one second.”
Doyle Reid planned to retire from his manufacturing job at West Point Stevens in Hickory, NC, where he was employed for more than 17 years, when a lay-off changed his plans for the future. Reid, who dropped out of school at a very young age, was torn with what to do after the lay-off. With some encouragement from his wife, he decided to take the opportunity to get his High School Equivalency. “I really didn’t think I’d be able to get my High School Equivalency,” he says, “but after I got to CCC&TI, all the teachers were great and told me I was excelling in all of my classes. That was a surprise because I hadn’t been to school in 30 years or more.” After completing his High School Equivalency, Reid decided to train for a new career through the HVAC program in CCC&TI’s Continuing Education division.
“The day I graduated, I had a job,” says Reid. With a new skill under his belt, and renewed confidence from his success at CCC&TI, Reid was able to quickly move on to even better opportunities and is now employed by a local contractor and working at the Google facility in Lenoir. Reid says that his time at CCC&TI helped him get back on his feet during a very difficult time. “I was in such a slump when I was laid off. I didn’t know how I was going to make ends meet, support my family or even pay my house payment,” said Reid. “But, when I came back to school, it seemed like everything feel into place for me – I’ve not regretted it for one second.” Reid says he’s thankful for the fresh start he received through his education at CCC&TI but also for the relationships he formed while a student. “Everyone was so helpful. A lot of times, I didn’t even have to ask for help. My instructors were always ready to lend a helping hand in anyway they could,” he says. “I didn’t just think of them as instructors but also as friends. That meant a lot to me.”