Army Veteran Builds Career Skills at Lincoln Tech

Careers for veterans

A graduate who enrolled in career training after honorably serving his country was recently featured in an article for Military Times discussing careers for veterans – and he spoke with Lincoln Tech about his experience as a student!

Army Sgt. Chance Mangham spent 6 years in the Army as a class E-5 Sergeant.  When he completed his service it was time to decide on a career path – and on the recommendation of friends from the Army, he explored the programs offered at Lincoln Tech in Grand Prairie, TX. He knew there were job opportunities in the welding field, and using benefits from his G.I. Bill enrolled in Lincoln Tech’s Welding Technology Diploma program.

“I enjoy the satisfaction of being able to say ‘I built that,’” Mangham says. “At Lincoln Tech, the passion the instructors had for their trade and for their students really stood out.  It made you wake up and want to go to school every morning – it was something enjoyable, something you looked forward to.”

When Mangham graduated, Lincoln Tech’s Career Services team helped set him up as a welding and pipefitting helper on a major building project for a new corporate center being built in Frisco, TX.  After his apprenticeship ends, he will be fully qualified as a Journeyman Welder.

Thanks to the leadership skills he developed in the Army, his employer selected him for a fast-track program to one day become a manager. From here, he says, he plans to work towards becoming a Foreman and his long-term goal is a position as Superintendent.


There are more than 30,000 hands-on skilled trade positions expected to be available throughout Texas by 2024, according to For Chance Mangham and hundreds of other military veterans, Lincoln Tech schools offer the kind of career-focused training needed to build the skills employers are looking for in those skilled trade fields. To get ahead on your own road to a hands-on career, whether it’s in the skilled trades, the auto and diesel fields, manufacturing, or healthcare, you can find your “on-ramp” at Lincoln Tech schools around the country!


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