Seth Hewitt Success Story

Seth Hewitt

Seth Hewitt

Seth's Story

A student of machine tool and computer aided manufacturing at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Seth Hewitt heard about the mikeroweWORKS Work Ethic Scholarship from his mom.  When he read more about it, he “thought it was one of the most interesting types of scholarships I’ve seen. Plus, I would watch a good amount of Mike Rowe’s Dirty Jobs so that furthered my interest in applying for a scholarship he created and started.”

Seth chose his field of study because of his deep interest in the great world wars, the history of firearms and gunsmithing.  During his eight grade year he was given the chance to tour the Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School and the school’s precision machining technology shop.  He saw first-hand the capabilities of a CNC (Computer numeric control) machine, a machine he says, “that you can program to make almost anything. Having the ability to write a program for a machine to then read and create a part—that’s what peaked my interest. That is also why I chose to go to Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology to further my knowledge I received at Cumberland Perry Area Vo Tech.”

Upon graduation Seth plans to work in the machining field and, as he says, “do that until I retire.”

Seth signed the mikeroweWORKS Work Ethic Scholarship S.W.E.A.T. pledge (Skill and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo) as part of the application.  He says the Pledge strongly resonates with him, especially part 3—“I believe there is no such thing as a ‘bad job.’”  Seth believes that “all jobs are opportunities, and it’s up to me to make the best of them.  I say this because while working at my previous job and my current job I would always try to give 110 percent.  Yes, there are some tasks out there that may seem awful and pointless, but if it wasn’t something that needed to be done then it wouldn’t be part of the job.  A co-worker and assistant manager told me on an extremely busy day, ‘You are the only employee that I have worked with that, no matter what, has always stayed positive and never gotten angry during work, even when I do.’ My response was I just enjoy my job and I honestly love working there. I enjoy the people I work with and there is no reason to get angry at work because it never helps anything.  The part of the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge that there is no such thing as a ‘bad job’ I truly am in sync with.”