Andrell Wells Embodies the Phrase, ‘Love What You Do and You Won’t Have to Work Another Day in Your Life’

Before she enrolled in Construction Ready, Andrell Wells was a schoolteacher – a noble profession, to be sure, but one in which she had begun to feel restless and unfulfilled. Today, as an employee of NetPlanner Systems, Andrell has what she describes as “hands-down the best job I’ve ever had.”

“This is the first job where I’ve really enjoyed what I’m doing,” says Andrell, who installs wireless networks and other IT systems for NetPlanner customers. “I don’t just have a job; I have a career. And that is such a big deal to me, because I am almost 30, and having a career sounds a lot better than just having a job and working a nine-to-five.”

A New Orleans native, Andrell moved with her family to Atlanta in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Her teaching experience included both preschool and middle school students. Her mother initially introduced her to Construction Ready.

“My mom is a probation officer in Cobb County and she brought the paper to me a couple of years ago,” Andrell recalls. “I looked at it and said, ‘No, not right now.’ She brought it to me again, I think it was at the beginning of [2019], and I said, ‘I think it’s time for me to do something different.’ I got to the point where I was like, ‘I don’t want to teach, but I have three kids and I need to do something. I need to finally start a career.’”

Having watched her hometown recover from disaster, Andrell also had a vision to help other people. In particular she wants to be involved in rebuilding and improving communities, and she saw the value of construction training in her helping her achieve those goals.

“I want to build things,” she says. “I want to build my own house. I want to go into certain neighborhoods and help rebuild. I want to build communities. I’m a tomboy – I love to be outside, I love to use my hands, I don’t mind getting dirty. So this is the perfect field for me.”

After completing Construction Ready at Build Cobb in September 2019 – “the quickest four weeks of my life, and well worth it,” she says – Andrell was matched with Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Atlanta. No electrical jobs were open at the time, however, so CEFGA connected her with Outsource, a temp agency, which in turn placed her with NetPlanner Systems.

Andrell continued her hands-on training by enrolling in CEFGA’s Construction Ready PLUS program in early 2020. She is “all in” with regard to the construction career path, and she plans to encourage her children (ages 7, 6 and 2) to pursue the skilled trades one day as well.

“Never in a million years did I think I would be working in construction, but it has been such a great journey,” she says. “I’ll tell my kids they don’t have to do college; they can do trades, because construction isn’t going anywhere. I’ve tried the college thing. Knowing what I know now, I’ll tell them the construction field is full of great opportunities.”

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VIDEO: Andrell Wells talks about the enjoyment she gets from her work with NetPlanner Systems, and the investment it is helping her make in raising and encouraging her children. Learn more about Construction Ready at constructionready.us, and follow us on our YouTube channel to hear from other successful Construction Ready graduates.

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