One of the first things Dontrell noticed when he arrived at Highfields' Onondaga Campus for the Phoenix program was the facilities team. There were three men who would fix everything around campus. They seemed so knowledgeable - like his dad.
When Dontrell was a kid, his dad built a house. He asked Dontrell to help and, even though Dontrell thought a house would be too hard to build, once he started to help, he realized he was having fun.
"I used to think it was boring and too much work," Dontrell said. "But then he showed me how to do it and I realized he knew what he was doing."
So, when he saw the facilities team at Highfields, he was intrigued. He wanted to learn how they do what they do.