Camran Hudgins, a student trainee intern, trains in the mechanics area of the Pathways Program facility.
Camran Hudgins, a student trainee intern, trains in the mechanics area of the Pathways Program facility. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Photo by Mark Cleghorn) VIEW ORIGINAL

ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala --Camran Hudgins recently graduated from the Pathways High School Program at Anniston Army Depot, and soon he will begin his career with the United States Air Force.

Hudgins, who graduates from Saks High School this week, joined Pathways in August. As a student intern, he worked as a mechanic.

“The depot and the Pathways program prepared me in more ways than one, “ said Hudgins. “This program taught me valuable skills and taught me lessons on how to work well, be on time and be prepared.”

The military was always a possibility for Hudgins whose father served in the United States Army. He accredits his father’s guidance with helping him ultimately decide to join the military.

“My dad had a lot of insight and gave me a lot of advice,” Hudgins said. “He really had a lot of knowledge which helped me during my research.”

Hudgins says he decided to join the Air Force to serve his country and boasted of the educational and career opportunities. In addition to his skills in mechanics, he loves computers and is considering a career in cyber security.

Marilyn Futurell, program specialist for the Pathways Program say Hudgins is a great student and she is confident he will achieve his career goals.

“Camran is always punctual and shows up ready to do all that is asked of him each day,” she said.

The Pathways Program was a great catalyst for Hudgins, which allowed him to explore career opportunities and gain new skills. He said ANAD let him know the wonderful opportunities that come from working for the United States government.

“As I prepare to graduate, I know all I learned in the Pathways program has helped me to be successful now and in the future,” said Hudgins.

Army National Hiring Days

Like Hudgins, students across the nation are preparing to graduate from high school and many are making the decision to join the military as well.

To encourage this, the Army is currently hosting the National Hiring Days campaign, which runs May 10 - June 14 in an effort to recruit 1,700 new Soldiers.

The Army is hiring both high school and college graduates. Those who choose to enlist have access to quality training, education and competitive benefits. Students also have the opportunity to join the Army ROTC, which is available at 1,000 college campuses nationwide.

Interested individuals can visit days to determine if they meet qualifications and to learn more about job opportunities and hiring incentives.