Right out of high school Teniqu Cushman wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. A representative from ATI visited her and her family in South Carolina, talking about a career as an ATI grad and an HVAC Technician. After a heart to heart talk with her mother, she was moving up to Va. Beach within 2 weeks. Teniqu said her mother believed it would be a good experience for her and encouraged her to go for it.
When asked why Teniqu chose HVAC as a career, she said, “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but I knew I wanted something that would make a difference. And who doesn’t need AC and heating technicians?” She went on to say, “I watched other people working on HVAC systems and thought it would be really interesting work.”
Teniqu said that her long term goal is to someday start her own HVAC company.
Teniqu, an ATI grad, is working for Hawkins Heating and Air Conditioning and she now works independently and drives her own truck.