Energizing Your Future

Back to School Flashback with Carla & Jordan: What ATC team members wanted to be when they grew up

Editor’s Note: Now that students across the country are back in the classroom for a new school year, we asked American Transmission Co. team members to reflect on their youth and what they wanted to be when they grew up. Their stories represent paths to careers that ultimately help keep the lights on, businesses running and communities strong.

Carla Skowron, Senior system support specialist

Age: 8, Grade: 2

At the age the photo was taken, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A nurse.


I liked watching television shows in hospital and paramedic settings.

How did you end up in your current career?

In high school, I really enjoyed business and accounting classes.  A few years later, I started a job as a file clerk at an insurance company. I started to attend school for my accounting degree. I then moved up in my job to a position that involved working with computers. I quickly learned that I enjoyed the computer world. I finished my accounting degree and then started on my computer science degree. Years later, I moved to a corporate retail company and finished my computer science degree while working there. I moved to ATC after a long history of working in information technology and learning many different things that led me to the position I am in now.


Jordan Higgins, Information technology desktop administrator

Age: 2

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I initially wanted to be a musician or magician.


I’ve always enjoyed practicing and performing.

How did you end up in your current career?

When I went to school for music education, and I found it to be far more difficult than I had initially thought. I decided to take some time away from school and next thing I knew I was married and had a child. I went back to school, and once I was nearly done, I found ATC. After a couple of internships there, I was hired.