Emily Griffith has helped this upcoming grad accelerate her career : Emily Griffith Technical College

Emily Griffith has helped this upcoming grad accelerate her career

Emily Griffith has helped this upcoming grad accelerate her career

Amanda Bassot-Lee is already working in her chosen career—and she doesn’t graduate until July 1. The Emily Griffith Automotive Service student works full-time at Stevenson Toyota West as an express line technician, a job her Emily Griffith instructor Steven Garcia helped her land, changing fluids, mounting and patching tires, doing the occasional brake job and learning all she can.

Career over college

Though her plan after graduating from Denver’s East High School in 2018 was to get a four-year degree, Amanda realized after working for a summer that she liked it, so she took a gap year, discovered she enjoyed working with her hands and decided to indulge her long-standing love of cars. “Emily Griffith has definitely helped me take the next step by giving me the resources and education to start a career, which is really cool,” she said. The recipient of a VF Foundation Scholarship, part of a grant to provide scholarships to Emily Griffith students in construction, healthcare and technology, as well as a Clear the Air Foundation scholarship that helped pay for her tools—Amanda has worked her way through school and is graduating debt free.

Her next step: To move up as an apprentice technician.

Gassed by her path

“The trades are extremely important,” she explained. “We can’t function without the trades, all of them. Some may look down on them, but everyone needs a mechanic, and the trades provide a good path to get an almost instant career. I’ve gotten my education in a short amount of time and started in my field before finishing school, and I’m not even 21 yet.”