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The Mongol Rally is a 10,000 mile journey across Europe and Asia that is particularly dangerous, especially with the vehicle they will be subjecting to harsh weather and road conditions. Kuro and his team will have little more on his trek than a 2002 Nissan Micra that meets the rally engine requirement of a 1000cc engine; a GoPro camera; and a goal of getting to the end of it with a good story for a great cause. “We are going to be raising money for sexual assault awareness and rehabilitation charities here in the United States. ” He states in a blog post written when he first signed up in October 2016. “This is an issue that is personally near and dear to my heart, and there are some great organizations that will be benefiting from money we are able to raise.” Read on about his road skills, career advice and #LifeAfterSCI.
“There is great value, in taking great risk for the greater good.” – Kuro Tawil
Kuro behind the wheel
I’m Kuro Tawil, I run a socially conscious startup called Kuros in Austin, Texas.
How did you get involved with the Mongol Rally, and what was your motivation?
I learned about the Rally from a friend and made it a goal – I love driving, and it is billed as the greatest driving adventure on earth so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to put the skills [I learned from] Jeff Miller [my instructor] & the SCI CDL program to the test!
What campus did you graduate from and when?
[SCI San Antonio North] on Northwest Loop 410 in 2016.
How has your life changed after SCI?
The skills I learned during my time at the Southern Careers Institute’s CDL program translate over to the post-academic life. These aren’t just theories that you’re learning in a class room, they are everyday skills that can be applied outside of school and even work.
What advice would you have for future students here?
Southern Careers Institute offers so many extras with your tuition–be sure to take advantage of these perks during your time at school! When you’re done with classes at Southern Career Institute, you have much more than just a degree–you have an tangible skill. [This is] something that you take with you beyond the walls of a classroom, and [that you] can use for the rest of your life.
What advice would you have for students and graduates looking for jobs?
Really take advantage of Southern Careers Institute’s awesome Career Services staff. They go above and beyond in helping graduates get placed, and even still regularly check up on me to see how things are going.
"Just finished school for welding. Had the best experience with Southern Careers Institute, and had a lot of fun with my buddies. Already working at SpaceX. SCI is the place to be guys! Don't wait any longer, sign up!”
Enrique H. Welding
"I recently achieved my dream of becoming a CDL driver, passing my CDL exams at our local DMV in Edinburg. Mr. Gonzalez was such a great instructor, even though it was raining I passed with flying colors!”
Juan L. Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator
“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”
Denise S. Medical Assistant
“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”
“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”
Annette D. Business Accounting
“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”
Bonnie M Medical Assistant
“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”
Sidney B Medical Assistant
“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”
“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”
“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”
* Past students’ outcomes, starting salaries, or job prospects are not indictive of the possible job outcomes for future and current students. SCI does not guarantee employment or a starting salary upon graduation, completion, or withdrawal from SCI.