Lumity Pre-Apprenticeship Program: Graduate Luis Duarte on learning the skills to turn his love for technology into a job

Luis Duarte admits he wasn’t the best student in high school. He was shy and hesitant to ask for help when he needed it. Luis calls his reticence “his downfall,” but, in actuality, he persevered in school and eventually graduated from Ombudsmen Chicago South, joining Lumity’s Pre-Apprenticeship program last summer. 

Six months later, Luis is now an AV technician with PSAV, helping clients of this global event production company pull off large events without a technical hitch. Luis always loved technology, describing his current role as “serious in order to get the job done, but also really fun.”

Luis credits his experience in our Pre-Apprenticeship program in helping him in many ways, particularly in building his self-confidence and his ability to work in teams. In fact, one of his favorite aspects of his current role is that he combines his love for technology by working with clients and co-workers.

It’s a terrific start for a self-proclaimed “shy” young man!

“Lumity taught me a lot of skills I didn’t learn growing up. I gained the courage to speak up and ask for help through the program. They taught me how to improve my resume, connected me to my employer, and helped me prepare to interview.” – Luis Duarte, AV Technician, PSAV