Scholarship Spotlight: Josue Rendon, ’19 Construction Project Management
Josue Rendon has always had an interest in the construction industry. But growing up in San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras prevented him from pursuing that passion.
“Since I was a kid, I’ve always been curious about how things are built,” Rendon said. “But I couldn’t work in construction down in my homeland due to the fact that it doesn’t pay well.”
So when Rendon learned he had the opportunity to attend Dunwoody and pursue a well-paying, managerial career in Construction Project Management, he immediately accepted.
“I was excited about Dunwoody because of the College’s reputation,” Rendon explained. “I liked that I had the option to study at night and still be a full-time student.”
The good news continued when Rendon learned he had also received Dunwoody’s Construction Careers Pathway (CCP) scholarship. The CCP is a Dunwoody scholarship designed to prepare high potential but underserved students for lifelong careers in the construction industry.
This scholarship would help him both financially and professionally. A key piece of the CCP scholarship includes pairing recipients with mentors in the industry they will enter upon graduation.
“The mentorship program has been helpful to me because it gives me an idea of what I’m up against,” Rendon explained. “It means a lot to get to talk to people that are in positions I will soon be in.”
The mentorship program has also played a key role in helping him determine what career path within Construction Project Management he is most interested in.
“Because of the mentorship program, I have learned that I want to be a superintendent — and then a project manager in time,” he said. “I like being in the field, getting the work done, and using this knowledge to be a better manager.”
Now in his second year, Rendon is beginning to feel ready for what’s next.
“I’m currently working at Knutson Construction,” he said. “And when I graduate, I hope to get a full-time job in the office/field and start the next phase of my life plan.”
Rendon is on track to graduate this May.