After graduating from Richmond Senior High School, Kenneth Wortham went to work at the House of Raeford, which later closed its doors two days prior to the birth of his daughter, Kayla. Needing to make a pivotal decision, Kenneth looked into Sandhills. His interest had long been in automobiles, leading him to enroll in the Collision Repair and Refinishing program. “Our instructors took the time to show us the correct ways to perform tasks while building our confidence in our new skills,” Kenneth said. “We were given the opportunity to use state of the art equipment and get hands-on training needed to learn the tasks required in the field.” Kenneth avails himself of many of the support services offered by Sandhills. He has even been able to receive child care assistance for Kayla while he is a student. He was able to find employment while still in the program. Kenneth shares that receiving training at Sandhills and landing a good job changed his life for the better. “I went from barely making enough to pay the bills to being able to not have to worry where the money would come from,” he said. “Now I can finally start saving for my child’s future.” He also hopes to be able to purchase a home in the near future. Within the next few years Kenneth hopes to become an I-CAR certified A-Tech, passing along his expertise to his own apprentice, giving someone else the opportunities he was given. His long-term goal is to open his own collision and body shop.