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National Academy of Railroad Sciences Testimonials

NARS alumni share how the railroad training program at Johnson County Community College prepared them for their jobs in the railroad industry.


Nicholas Carey

"I was a little apprehensive at first … and it turns out, I’ve really loved this whole experience."

— Nicholas Carey

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Lawrence Southern

"Take this class. You should definitely take this class. … This is one of the best careers you could possibly ever have, going into the railroad industry. That’s what I would say. If you’re passionate about the railroad, you’ll have a lot of fun."

— Lawrence Southern

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Kim Preston

"I would say, if you’re considering anything in the railroad, at all, you definitely want to do this. You’re going to get a job. You’re going to get a job, if you do well. So treat it like your job, understand that you are here to learn and the changes it will make in your life is just amazing."

— Kim Preston

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John Daley

"Every single day when I go to work (in the railroad industry), I think about, ‘I did this at NARS. I did that at NARS. I used to do that at NARS. I did this at NARS,’ so yes, every single aspect of the job, you learn here at NARS, whether it’s in the classroom and/or out in the field."

— John Daley

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Matt House

"Eventually, I want to go into management. NARS really prepared me for everything there is to know with BNSF."

— Matt House

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Jeremy Lohrmeyer

"The NARS program allowed me to be successful in my conductor training once I was hired with the railroad. It was a great program. It gave me my foot in the door, which is what I was looking for, and then it started the career and life that I have now."

— Jeremy Lohrmeyer

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