Student Success Story – Yamilex Nieto

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Brazosport_YamilexAngleton grad a natural for BC drafting program

For Brazosport College student Yamilex Nieto, drafting is an easy career choice.

Yami, which is her preferred name, comes from a family of builders and drafters. Her father, Enrique, owns the Brazoria County-based YMI Home Builders and has extensive knowledge about designing homes. Her brother is also a drafter.

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Yami Nieto

As a result, a love of design was brought on at an early age.

“My father builds custom homes and I really enjoy making house plans,” Yami said. “I just decided that I wanted to go for that in school.”

As a senior at Angleton High School, Yami began preparing for her future by taking dual credit drafting courses through Brazosport College. These classes gave her a head start toward not only college credits, but also understanding the demands of college life.

Today, Yami is finishing up her first year at BC. She’s already earned her basic certificate in drafting and is now working toward her advanced certificate. She isn’t planning to stop until she has an Associate Degree in Drafting Technology in her possession.

“Yami has had a solid performance in our drafting technology courses,” said Ricardo Uribe, Brazosport College Assistant Professor of Drafting Technology. “I encourage students to problem solve and troubleshoot just like they would in the workplace, and Yami always helps fellow students when they need assistance or have questions.”

Occasionally, people are surprised to find that Yami is pursuing a degree in drafting, which some view as a predominately male field. This doesn’t faze her in the least. Actually, Brazosport College has many women in its drafting program, as well as all of its workforce programs.

“I believe that if a man can do it, a woman can do it, too,” Yami said with a smile. “I plan to find a job in pipe drafting or to help my dad.”

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