Before ITC, I was always struggling to make ends meet. I was putting 100% into jobs that would take me nowhere and had no opportunity for advancement. It was discouraging to say the least. The many facets of the industries and the obstacles in front of me left me with the thought, “where do I even start?”.
ITC was different because there was a clear and concise path in front of me and most importantly I had mentors to help guide me in the direction of success. I felt like I was an important member of the team from the very beginning no matter what my tasks.
With ITC I could quit delivering pizza and move out of my parent’s basement. I knew early on that I was on a career path and after four short years I could potentially buy a house, a decent pickup and have an actual bank account. There was a real moment that I still remember when I could see success in my future and it wasn’t just daydreaming, it was a tangible reality.
I look back on the days of wondering what the hell I would do with my life. The possibilities were as endless as they were intimidating. A part of me wanted to be a ski bum, a mountain climber or a dirtbag but even more I wanted to be someone who could contribute and have a positive impact on the world. By pursuing this career path I could be educated and have stability. That is where I am today, I am comfortable with money, I have a nice place to live and a pickup that will take my fiancé, our dogs and me to the trailhead of any adventure I desire. For that, I am grateful.
— Jason McLemore, Project Foreman
A person who is committed to a given (usually extreme) lifestyle to the point of abandoning employment and other societal norms in order to pursue said lifestyle.