It takes courage to attend a big school outside of your community and your comfort zone. Veronica Milne has plenty to share.
Veronica is a first-year student in the Automotive Technology associate degree program. She is the youngest of four siblings, a young mother, a member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and also of Alaskan Native and British Columbian First Nations heritage. Though a resident of Auburn, Renton Technical College (RTC) was not her default choice for schooling.
“I'm not a really social person, so coming to such a big school was different for me, but I'm glad I chose to push myself to get out and further my education,” Veronica said.
Her first steps in higher education were at the Muckleshoot tribal college, where she studied computer software and earned a CompTIA A+ certification in computer technician training. Soon after that, she decided to pursue a different career path.''
“I chose RTC because I believe the automotive program is an excellent program that can help me become a great student and employee in the automotive field,” Veronica said.
So far, her favorite feature of RTC is the social and academic environment at the college.
“Even the academic classes I've taken were really great, I was kind of sad that I couldn't stay in the classes a little longer once I had finished them. Each instructor/teacher, both in the academic and the automotive courses, was amazing and very knowledgeable in the courses they were teaching.”
Eugene Shen, an academic adviser for the automotive programs, said Veronica is the kind of student that inspires him to come to work.
“When students find the program that supports their love, then good things can come to our students. Veronica Milne embodies that perfect alignment of desire and commitment to succeeding as an auto technician. She lives and breathes cars,” Eugene said.
Veronica still lives in Auburn with her 18-month-old daughter and her fiancée, who is a certified diesel technician. They are looking for a house in the area, and hope to work with the Muckleshoot community to open a shop and maintain the community’s fleet of vehicles.
“I would strongly recommend attending RTC. I've had such an amazing experience here so far, aside from the commute to and from (but who does?). I've met many other students here from a wide variety of backgrounds. It's been a great experience for me so far, I cannot wait to see what the rest of the year brings for me,” Veronica said.