Josiah Bardo Success Story

Josiah Bardo

Josiah Bardo

Josiah's Story

It was during a meeting with a financial aid advisor to determine ways to reduce his school debt that Josiah Bardo first heard of the mikeroweWORKS Work Ethics Scholarship. The long-time fan of Mike Rowe had an amazing first experience in welding, during a summer job where his friend (a welder) would answer his questions and show him the tricks of the trade. “I spent a great amount of time in his shop,” Josiah said. “I was always interested in the sights, sounds and smell of welds. He was the reason why I had decided to select welding as my area of study at Triangle Tech. I also know that there are countless job opportunities for those who have been certified in welding! Because of that, I knew without a doubt that I would not regret the decision of choosing this area of study. The whole process of going to school again excites me, but if I had to choose one thing that excites me the most out of the whole deal, I would have to say it’s the passion. I have already found out that I enjoy welding. Is it not exciting to know that you can be paid to do something that you enjoy? It just seems too good to be true!” At the moment, Josiah aims to become a pipeline welder but is more than willing to work his way up. In fact, he says that the part of the S.W.E.A.T. pledge that resonates the most is the statement that there is no such thing as a bad job – that all jobs are opportunities. “I know that some jobs can be rough,” Josiah states. “But there is absolutely no reason that I should be miserable throughout my job. I say that if I can always keep a good attitude through a job and try to make the best of it, I will eventually be blessed at some point! It’s so very easy to let others get you down, but it’s also just as easy to do the opposite. I will always believe that it is entirely up to me to make the best of my job.”