Eddie Munoz

Eddie Munoz, 19, has taken the phrase “starting from the ground up” to a new level. A level below ground.

Since March, one of the requirements of his job with GBA Architects & Engineers has been to go down manholes under Omaha’s city streets to inspect pipes and report any problems pertaining to the flow or structure. After spending hours inspecting pipes, Munoz returns to the GBA office building to assist with designing pipe networks.

In May 2017, Munoz, a 2015 Millard South graduate, received an Associate’s Technician Degree from Metropolitan Community College where he emphasized his course work in civil engineering.

Munoz is now working full-time (40 hours per week) for GBA. While training, he was working 24 hours per week. Munoz is happy with the direction his career journey is taking.

“My senior year in high school I thought I wanted to be a lawyer,” he said. “I soon realized that’s not what I really wanted. I was good at
math and science, and the field of engineering is in high demand.”

The AKSARBEN Career Scholarship enabled Munoz to take a major step in achieving his dreams.

“I don’t think I would have taken this degree if not for Avenue Scholars,” he says. “Metro was the likely way of doing this. The scholarship helped a lot.”