(SWEETWATER, Texas) – It started like any other Wednesday for Rebecca Fortuna.
The Texas State Technical College Wind Energy Technology student was at the top of a wind turbine when her cellphone rang. On the other end of the call was a FieldCore representative, who offered Fortuna a job as an electrical wind technician.
“The call was one for the books,” said Fortuna, who is a candidate for graduation next month. “I was 300 feet in the air and accepted a job.”
It was her second call from FieldCore, which offers field services to maintain and upgrade power generation equipment.
“I had my first interview a week ago, and within a week, I was offered a job,” she said. “I owe this wonderful opportunity to all of my instructors.”
Fortuna’s family is excited about the opportunity.
“My husband was ecstatic, and my daughter was in disbelief,” she said. “She could not believe it happened so fast.”
Getting away from a desk job was one of Fortuna’s goals all along. After starting a career in health information, in 2016, she knew she needed a change.
“I am the type of woman who wants to do something different. I like to use my hands,” she said. “I didn’t mind the desk job. I just wanted more in my life. All of my brothers work in the wind industry, and I wanted to know what I had to do to get into the field.”
She knew that working in the wind industry would have its demands, especially since it is a male-dominated profession. But that has not stopped her.
“I am not afraid of a challenge. The wind industry is all around us, and it is growing so fast,” she said. “I wanted to be involved in that and wanted to be able to see different things.”
Fortuna, who is studying for an associate degree, was drawn to FieldCore because it gives her the chance to travel. She will begin training with the company in late April or early May.
Being a self-described busybody, Fortuna said the wind industry would provide her with different challenges.
“It is not a boring field because everything is changing daily,” she said. “This program teaches you so many different concepts. I like to get my hands dirty.”
Fortuna hopes she can influence other women to enroll in the program.
“A lot of the girls that I work with at my current job are intimidated because it is male-dominated,” she said. “I tell them it is not what they would expect. It is a great program for women.”
Fortuna said TSTC instructor Billie Jones has been instrumental in helping her learn more about the industry.
“Billie has been great. She will get in there and help you with anything,” Fortuna said. “I have told girls that they need to talk to her if they are interested in the program.”
Jones said Fortuna worked hard to achieve her goal.
“She is a great student. She is one of the hardest workers in class, and I know she will be successful,” Jones said.
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