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Jeremy: One of the most exciting things about robotics to me is the ability to create. To me that's awesome.I was working in the HVAC industry for about five years. You know, I'm working hard but I need more to support a family. The frustrating aspect of it was that I felt like I had to settle for positions that I knew my skill-set was better than. And through different things that happened I ended up with a felony. I made up in my mind that I'm not gonna allow this to hold me back. So, I actually heard about the BSD program through a family friend.
Trista: BSD stands for Building Self-Determination. The mission of BSD is to empower urban citizens with relevant work skills in robotics and industrial automation. The training program offers both certification, industry recognized credentials, as well as college credit.
Jeremy: I felt like, if I get into this industry, I can set myself up and not just be stuck here in this one space.
Trista: JPMorgan Chase has been a great partner since the beginning of our robotics training venture. It created a shine, I would say, for our residents in Chicago.
Jennie: We invest in communities around the world and job training and skill building is one of our four main areas of work here at JPMorgan Chase. What we're doing is really leveraging who we are as a firm to the benefit of the communities that we're working in.
Jeremy: After completing the training at BSD and being able to acquire a position working in the field, the benefits that I have from them - medical, dental, 401(k). Things that I did not have previously, I have in this position and it's exciting, you know, to be able to say, "Yes, I did that."
Trista: People are inspired when they see the success stories like Jeremy. He's been a ray of hope for a lot of our trainees at this time.
Jennie: There are Jeremies all around the world who are just looking for those insights, those opportunities and they're really creating new lives for themselves and their families.
Jeremy: I'm definitely proud of the role model that I can show to my children, that we're not gonna allow obstacles to keep us from being successful, keep us from achieving the dreams that we have. And most importantly, don't ever stop dreaming.
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