Student Overcomes Significant Candidate Damage – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Engineering student Jacob Reich is a problem solver, one of those people who loves to find a solution, others overlooked.

It’s a skill he definitely needed, after a ride on his dirt jumper bike broke bones all over his upper body.

“I tumbled over the bars and into this concrete dam,” Reich said.

“I broke this wrist, and the radial fracture in this wrist, a radial fracture in this wrist.”

He went on and on, small bones shattered, and a long recovery process was one problem, but Jacob had another, a dream job waiting for him in January.

“A production engineer at Lockheed Martin. I’ve been an intern for a few years there and they offered me a full-time job in January,” he said.

With his injuries, finishing school seemed like a dream, but the Disability Team at the University of Texas – Arlington stepped in, helping Jacob and his professors find a solution.

“I felt it was too far away, but I had to make it happen with my job offer in January,” he told us.

Reich worked from his hospital bed and creaked a finish that led him to cross the stage and pick up his diploma

“It was a moment, even before these injuries, I looked forward to before the injuries, it’s unthinkable, it actually happened. It still has not sunk in yet,” Reich said.


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