Putting It Together With a New Career at Emily Griffith : Emily Griffith Technical College

Putting It Together With a New Career at Emily Griffith

Putting It Together With a New Career at Emily Griffith

Erica Beitey

Program: Welding

Anticipated date of completion: January 2022


Why this career?

I was in the retail/tech industry for 21 years and just got burned out. When I earned my bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2004, I minored in art and had an opportunity to learn some very basic welding skills for part of a semester. I loved it and always thought I would enjoy doing something with welding in my life. So after deciding to leave retail, I jumped at the chance to finally make that happen.

Why Emily?

I had somewhat decided that I wanted to attend school in Denver. I love the outdoors and always wanted to be close to the slopes during winter. Moving from San Diego, I got a lot of positive responses from locals about the school. After looking online and comparing costs and student ratings and responses, I chose Emily Griffith. I would highly recommend it to anyone out there looking.

What do you like about the Welding program?

The attention to detail, the hands-on time and instructor feedback. It’s important to get it right, and the information the instructors provide is so helpful and diverse from one to the next. They are always available for demonstrations, questions or just critiques of whatever you’re working on. They are constructive and fair while giving you the low down on what to expect in the real world.

Hopes and dreams:

I have a great deal of appreciation for those who weld, especially now. I expect that I’ll spend a while in the industry gaining experience but eventually would like to own a business specializing in one-of-a-kind pieces.

Fun fact:

I move around. A lot. I was born in Ireland, grew up in Delaware, moved to New York City after college and then San Diego. My husband and I spent most of 2020 living out of our converted Jeep to enjoy the U.S. We hit 44 states and 46 national parks while traveling about 36,000 miles and ended up in Denver. Colorado had so much to offer, and we couldn’t help but want to explore it more.