Brandon Owens– was a graduate of Hardaway High School in 2012. He was in the third cohort of students placed at Pratt Whitney Engine Center in Columbus, GA. Pratt Whitney, a United Technologies global company builds and services engines for commercial and military aircraft. The job placement involved working on the floor under supervision of as mentor on Monday through Thursday. On Friday Brandon would come back to the school wearing his uniform and assisted students in other Career and Technical classes while motivating them about their future career plans. He was practicing what his mentor did with him and emulated the model with his peers at school and preached the importance of employability skills and the importance of their technical skills.

Brandon has now been hired full time and has earned his FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) license. All of his post-secondary training was paid for by Pratt Whitney. Brandon has moved up several ranks and has lately been moved to the team for the new Geared Turbo Fan (GTF) which is Pratt and Whitney’s latest innovation and most modern engine to date. He is now a trainer and mentor for new students coming into the program.

Brandon states, “Along with completing the work-based learning experience and becoming a full-time employee for a very successful company, I have been given a truly humbling opportunity, to go out and inspire students to join internships while they are still in school. I have been in several Georgia Work Based Learning seminars and meetings with school superintendents, Work Based Learning coordinators, and other educators. It has been a great eye-opening experience speaking to state legislators and stakeholders all over Georgia. With Work Based Learning and Pratt & Whitney I have been given much more than a job, but a career and a lifelong success.”