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Success Stories- Alumni

PATHS loves hearing from alumni and sharing success stories. If you want to share yours email davisr@portlandschools.org with your story and a photo!


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Josh Atnip
Gorham High School
Masonry
Class of 2006

Josh immediately went to work as a mason tender upon graduation. A mason tender is someone who makes sure the mason has all they need to build with. Josh was a fast learner and moved his way up the ladder. He was trained and licensed on multiple types of scaffolding. Josh also acquired various forklift and equipment licenses. He was then offered an apprenticeship as a Mason. To be considered as a candidate for an apprentice you must be at work on time every day and outshine the other tenders and laborers around you. Josh did these things and more. An apprenticeship is 3 years long. After 3 years you are considered a journeyman mason. Josh finished his apprenticeship and became a journeyman. He is now in a leadership position learning to be a foreman. Josh is currently running his own crew on a large masonry project.


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Alyssa Turnbull
Bonny Eagle High School
Welding
Class of 2006

Alyssa started working part time at Jøtul in 2007 while still in high school and making $13.50 an hour. After she graduated she was hired full time with a pay raise and full benefits. Now she is a lab technician and has done many duties including welder, press brake operator, laser operator, documentation assistant and R&D Lab Technician. She is also a board member of SME, which serves the manufacturing industry as a nonprofit by promoting advanced manufacturing technology and developing a skilled workforce. She is currently also attending  USM for mechanical engineering.


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Eric Hughes
Food Service
Class of 2008

Eric runs his own food cart in Portland during the summers called Eric’s Pizza Express. Eric not only benefited from his time in the food service program at PATHS but also from the welding program, who helped him create his cart. Maine Sunday Telegram voted him “best food cart” for 2011-2012. He continues to be successful as this summer he saw a lot of business from cruise ships as well as typical summer tourists. During the winter you can find Eric working in the
concession stand at the Red Claws basketball games. Eric also serves on the advisory board for the food service
program. Check out this Portland Press Herald article on him!


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Neil Thompson
Manufacturing Technology
Class of 2009

Neil spent three years in the PATHS Manufacturing Technology program, working mostly on the metal lathe. He credits PATHS with giving him the motivation to complete high school and earn the grades needed to attend college. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a B.Sc. in Forestry in 2013, and continued his studies at the University of Northern British Columbia, where he completed his Ph.D. in 2017. He has since joined the faculty at the University of Maine at Fort Kent in the Applied Forest Management program. Neil will be teaching courses in forest management, forest health and protection, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Read the news article about his faculty appointment here


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Sean Martin
New Media
Class of 2010

Since graduating, Sean has worked on several well-known projects. His first big break was working on the
Northwoods Law TV series as a production assistant. He then worked on several different TV series such as Top Chef and American Idol. He has now moved into movie production. He has worked on Black Mass starring Johnny Depp and Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence, Golden Globe nominated Manchester By
The Sea, and X-Men's the Mutants. 


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Valerie Carpentier
Deering High School
Early Childhood Occupations
Class of 2013

Valerie was a PATHS Early Childhood Occupations student for just one year, but during that one year she made a huge impact on the program. Valerie completed her internship with an occupational therapist at Presumpscot School, and was able to bring new information to the class in regard to working with children who have sensory issues and other unique learning needs. Valerie went to Keene State College where she majored in psychology, with a minor in education. She is now working as a behavioral health professional, and has self-published a children’s book called The Buttercup Adventures under the pen name Margaret Ellis Raymond.


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Aaron Bowe
Portland High School
Manufacturing Technology
Class of 2016

Upon graduation Aaron was accepted and enrolled at Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia to study Industrial Design. As the school year approached he decided instead to spend his first year after graduating from high school working. Aaron is currently working as a programmer and machine operator for Zootility Tools in Portland; a small manufacturer that is growing quickly. He programs and operates computer-controlled engravers, laser cutters and machine tools. Aaron’s recently enrolled at USM and is continuing to work at Zootility Tools. Check out this News Center Maine article about him!