Finding Strength in Passion

Angelic Ellis is a PCL superstar apprentice carpenter on the Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) North project at Los Angeles International Airport. Behind her infectious smile, can-do attitude, and positive spirit, Angelic has fought a long, hard battle to get to where she is.
Behind her infectious smile, can-do
attitude, and positive spirit, Angelic has
fought a long, hard battle to get to where
she is.

“Stay motivated within yourself and don’t
let other people predict your future.”
– Angelic Ellis

 

Hard Beginnings 

Raised in South Los Angeles, notorious for high crime rates and gang violence, Angelic was exposed to the harsh realities of street life. After graduating from high school and learning that her mother could no longer support her, Angelic was forced to provide for herself and became homeless. To cope with the struggles imposed by the world she found herself in, she developed a love for drawing and became passionate about architectural design and construction, leading her to enroll at a local community college. 

College life, however, was tough for Angelic. She lived out of her car, juggled multiple part-time jobs, and was desperately searching for her place in the workforce. When she passed construction workers on the street she would stop and ask them where she could find work. Despite her efforts, she was frequently turned away. 

A Turning Point

Life’s panorama changed for Angelic when a classmate told her about the My Brother’s Keeper program at the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, a union that provides training to those interested in pursuing a trade in carpentry. Much to her surprise, she was eligible to enroll. The program became a safe place for her to pursue her dreams. 

After completing the program, Angelic’s on-call work quickly developed into a full-time profession. Impressed with her work performance, a representative from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)’s local hiring program reached out to Angelic and offered her an opportunity to work with PCL as an apprentice. 

Angelic’s life transformed as she found her place in the workforce. No longer sleeping in her car, she is now unstoppable, financially stable, and a full-time employee on the LAX Midfield Satellite Concourse project. Her story has not only influenced the people in her community but has carved a pathway for other women interested in pursuing careers in construction. 

When asked how one stays driven, Angelic is unequivocal, “Stay motivated within yourself and don’t let other people predict your future.”

 

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