Student Success Story: Cindy Palmer

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Brazosport_Cindy_PalmerBC student following in mother’s footsteps

Cindy Palmer is quick to work under the hood of a car or dig into a variety of mechanical or electrical repairs. She has the knowledge to do this because of her mom, Maryann.

“My mother had a big influence on me,” Cindy said. “She raised me to believe that anything a man can do, a woman can do too. There’s nothing that can hold you back. She taught me how to work on my own cars, she taught me everything.

“Besides that, I have always loved fixing things,” she added. “I love to tinker with things.”

Now, Cindy, 38, is turning that curiosity into a potential career in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration field. And once again, her mother played a pivotal role.

Six years ago, Cindy was hired at the same apartment complex Maryann worked at. While Cindy worked in the cleaning department, she would still assist her mother, who was in maintenance. Through this, she began to learn about heating and air conditioning systems.

Unfortunately, Maryann became seriously ill, leaving the apartment complex shorthanded. Cindy was ready, however, and stepped into her mother’s position.

“After my mom got sick, I got my EPA license so I could work on air conditioners and refrigerators,” she said. “They didn’t have anyone else to do the job so, in a way, this job picked me.”

Since then, Maryann has made a full recovery. At the same time, Cindy has discovered a career she enjoys and is learning as much as possible about the heating and refrigeration industry through classes at Brazosport College.

“Right now, I’m doing the basics and taking everything step by step,” she said of going back to college. “I’m working on an associate degree.

“I love it here,” she added about being back in school. “I love the hands-on learning and the lab work that I get here.”

For Cindy, this is a win-win situation.

“I take whatever I learn here and take it back to work with me,” she said. “My confidence has shot through the roof. Going back to school will open up so many doors for me. If I want to earn more money and have more opportunities, I know this will be a good idea.”

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