Editor's note: This is the 10th in a series of articles highlighting local students and their accomplishments, in order to encourage young people to complete school and achieve their dreams.
By Beth Christian Broschart
ELKINS - When Anthony Arbogast was in high school, he said he felt like he couldn't sit still, couldn't concentrate was spent lots of time at in-school suspension. But today, Arbogast is on his way to becoming a master electrician.
"I lacked good communication skills, self-discipline, a sense of community and a high school diploma," Arbogast said. "Last year, I joined YouthBuild, and learned these traits as well as how to be helpful and a good citizen in my community."
Arbogast said he heard about YouthBuild on the Channel 3 news.
"I wanted to be an electrician, and I learned I could work for my GED and other certifications through the program," he said. "I wanted to change my life, live better and get a better job, and now I am doing that."
Arbogast earned his GED and he also earned his OSHA certification, first aid certification, CPR certification, food handler's card and PAC certification. He will be traveling to Clarksburg three nights a week to complete his journeyman electrician license and dreams of opening his own electrical business.
"Once I earn my journeyman electrician's license, I will work to get my general contractor's license and then work on my Master Electrician's license," Arbogast said. "YouthBuild helped point me in the right direction and helped me realize that I can do the things I want to accomplish."
He said he is beginning to realize he is capable of doing many things well.
"I have done lots of construction and now I remember things I have learned easier," Arbogast said. "I am more self disciplined. I have learned to be dedicated to the project. I am punctual to my work and appointments."
Arbogast said students in high school having problems need to buckle down, work hard and push themselves to complete school.
"Do the best you can do and complete high school," Arbogast said. "I was 16 when I dropped out of school. I am 22 now, and through those years, it was difficult to get a job or get ahead. You need to complete and get your high school diploma."