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Marcos Serratos

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I immigrated to the U.S. with my parents when I was three years old and grew up in Stockton, California.
I didn’t know anything was different about me until high school, when I realized that being undocumented was going to prevent me from achieving certain goals.
After high school, I wanted to go to college, but couldn’t because I was undocumented—so I took dishwashing, construction, and grocery jobs to get by.
I eventually received my DACA status and finally felt like I could breathe and go about life normally.
I moved with my family to Idaho and decided to go back to school.
I attended community college at the College of Western Idaho, where I studied diesel mechanics technology.
While in college, I started building my career as a diesel technician.
I now work at the College of Western Idaho as a heavy duty diesel instructor.
Keep following my journey

Career

Instructor, Heavy Duty Truck Program

I teach aspiring diesel technicians at a community college.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Technology
Teaching / Mentoring

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Community college is a great option for technical programs. It was the best option for me as I pursued diesel technology, but you can find so many other good programs as well, including mechanics, welding, autobody, and nursing. It's a lot more affordable than some other options, you can graduate with a degree, and it can open doors to careers with great pay.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

certification
Associate's Degree
Diesel Mechanics Technology

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

"You can't do it. You can't make it. This isn't for you."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
Work-Life Balance