CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Students in Moody High School's construction skills class received a special visit Friday by a former student who was able to take the skills he learned in school and start his own company.
Paul Cervantes is the owner of Cervantes Electrical, and he was a member of Moody's class of 1996 and part of a non-profit group called HELP.
HELP is a non-profit organization that takes at-risk kids in school and puts them in the job site to see if they have what it takes to succeed.
Cervantes shared his story about how the class and the organization helped him with his future.
"Like I told the kids today, I didn't become a master overnight. Moody gave me the foundation that I needed to get me where I'm at. Like I told them today, basically what I learned back in '97, I'm still using today, 20 years later, as a master electrician," Cervantes said. "It is essential. How to read, the math, the algebra. Learn how to read the drawings, and guess what? Once you know it, it's going to follow you for the rest of your life."
With the help of the Home Builders Association, HELP aims to assist young people who are interested in the construction business.