Lynnard Jenifer always aspired to be an engineer. From his early years growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, he enjoyed working with his hands.An interest in engineering made sense – but after graduating from high school, Lynnard got an evening job working at a warehouse because he needed the money.

During this stint, he learned through word of mouth about a three-year machinist apprenticeship offered by Magna Baltimore Technical Training Center at a school near his home. When his application was accepted, he quit the warehouse job.

“I knew this was important,” he said.

Lynnard excelled in his program despite having no prior machining experience and finding the work challenging. He wasn’t alone – many other apprentices dropped out. Through perseverance and sheer determination, he kept his grades up and made close friends along the way.

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