Students

June 4, 2018

Kishwaukee College announces the 2018 Academic Achievement Scholarship recipients. Scholarships are awarded to 2018 in-district high school graduates who meet GPA requirements.

New in 2018, there are two tiers: President’s Scholar and College Scholar. The President’s Scholar is a $1000 scholarship per semester for four semesters and is available to high school graduates with a 3.75 or higher GPA.

The College Scholar, a pilot scholarship for the 2018/2019 Academic Year, is a $500 scholarship per semester for two semesters and is available to high school graduates with a 3.25-3.74 GPA.

The recipients of the 2018 Kishwaukee College Academic Achievement Scholarships are:

President’s Scholars:

DeKalb High School – Jackson Marbutt, Inamur Rab, Melissa Stone      

Genoa-Kingston High School – Kelley Creadon, Benjamin Heinisch

Hiawatha High School – Kayla Taft

Homeschool – Noah Smith

Indian Creek High School – Topanga McCoy, Austin Suddeth

Oregon High School – Jared Pottorff

Paw Paw High School – Joshua Mateja, Josef McKee            

Rochelle Township High School – Morgan Baker, Callianne Isley, Justin Julian, Bibiana Milan, Mallory Ponto, Miranda Stryker, Angela Zamarron

Sycamore High School – Riley Baert, Celia Carpenter, Emily Enriquez, Morgan Olson, Kaylee Smith

College Scholars:

Cornerstone Christian Academy – Christiana High, Kayla Puentes

DeKalb High School – Madi Bicksler, Callie Borden, Taylor Dunaway, Dennysha Kizer, Maxwell Lange, Joselyn Marquez, Avery Mertz, Alejandra Moore, Miriam Nunez, Dulce Resendiz, Emma Rourke, Tyler Rouw, Alexander Wisdom

Genoa-Kingston High School – Hannah Harjung, Tyler Heinisch, Celia Huerta, Nathan Shannon, Zachary Uecker

Hiawatha High School – Jack Sunderlage

Indian Creek High School – Emily Rowland, Katelyn Schilling

Oregon High School – Addison Kitzmiller

Rochelle Township High School – Alexis Bialas, Lillian Fulgencio, Karly Keilman, Tania Sanchez

Sycamore High School – Teagan Cabral, Kerstin Henke, Shayna Schmit     

 

Registration is currently in progress for Fall 2018. For more information on enrollment and registration, contact Student Services at 815-825-9375 or visit www.kish.edu.

 

Categories: Students
May 11, 2018

Kishwaukee College honored current students for excellence in the classroom on Tuesday, May 1 at Student Awards Day held in Jenkins Auditorium at the College. Awardees received certificates commemorating their achievements.

The following students received TRiO Grant Aid Scholarships: Christine Newman-Askins, Rochelle; Tiffany Newman-Askins, Rochelle; Cynthia Sweger, Rochelle; Victoria Resendiz, DeKalb; Jennah Smith, Genoa; Kentrell Drummond, DeKalb; Miguel Monroy, Rochelle; Brenda Resendiz, DeKalb; Crystal Caudel, DeKalb; Richele Harmon, Rockford; Dylan Russom, DeKalb; Marylou Nunez, DeKalb; Kim Rotella, Shabbona.

 

The following students received awards in Math/Science/Business

Outstanding Academic Performance Basic Chemistry: Kortney Jones, Kirkland; Nick Adamzczyk, Genoa; Haley Mizner, Oregon;

Outstanding Academic Performance General Chemistry: James Paulen, DeKalb; Richard Raglan, Lee; Katherine Salis, Clare;

Academic Achievement in Organic Chemistry: Scott Benzinger, Genoa;

Outstanding Managerial Accounting Student: Nathan Keys, Rochelle;

Outstanding Macroeconomic Student: Connor Murphy, Shabbona;

Outstanding Microeconomics Student: Edwin Yockey, Kingston;

Outstanding Financial Accounting Student: Tracy Drobick, Rochelle;

Outstanding Mathematics Student: Michael Klecka, Rochelle; Jose Salinas, Rochelle;

Outstanding Business/Marketing Management Student: Kyle Carlson, DeKalb;

 

The following students received awards in Career Technologies Programs

Academic Excellence in Criminal Justice: Richard Rojas-Chavez, DeKalb; Victoria Rodriguez, Rochelle;

Academic Excellence: Ryan Griffin, Milwaukee;

Outstanding Academic and Leadership Role: Andrew Stone, Sandwich;

Outstanding Horticulture Student: Anne VonArx, Rockford, Freshman Recipient; Megan Johnston, Shabbona, Sophomore Recipient;

Outstanding Nursing Student: Nicole Colon, Plano; Myrna Guerrero, Sycamore;

 

The following students received awards in Arts/Communication/Social Science

Academic Achievement in Sociology: Kiana Robinson, Sycamore; Markese Dillon, DeKalb;

Award of Excellence in Honors Research: Ellaine Pontes Correia, Rochelle; Joseph Catalano, Chana; Megan Ackland, Rochelle; Maria Tranchina, Oregon;

Outstanding Drawing Student: Haley Kohout, Genoa;

Outstanding Digital Artist: Alexander Gaytan, Rochelle;

Outstanding Theatre Student Award: Phillip Steinberg, DeKalb;

Outstanding English Student Awards: Carley Ackland, Rochelle; Gabriella Erickson, Steward; Kaitlin Shumaker, Rock City; Blaise McGlinn, Oregon; Anna Raimondi, Genoa; Lauren Hagelstein, DeKalb; Lindsey Miller, Steward; Bailey Shaffer, Mount Morris; Kortney Jones, Kirkland; Megan Ackland, Rochelle; Cole Lentz, Lindenwood; Tara Ozenhowski, Sycamore;

 

The following students received monetary awards for their works included in this year’s edition of Kishwaukee College’s award-winning arts/literary magazine, The Kamelian

Poetry – Carley Anne Ackland, Rochelle, First Place; Alyssa Kutz, DeKalb, Second Place; and Sophie West, Oregon, Third Place;

Short Fiction Cristy Piwowar-Hein, Malta, First Place; Hana Green, DeKalb, Second Place;

2-D Artwork – Callie Ackland, Rochelle, First Place; J. Byron Wise, DeKalb, Second Place and Third Place;

3-D Artwork – Khala Wynn, DeKalb, First Place; Barbara Johnson, Sycamore, Second Place and Third Place;

Photography –  Robert Whitten, Genoa, First Place; Robert Whitten, Genoa, and Chrizuru Kamiuttanai, DeKalb, Second Place; and Devon Buza, Oregon, Third Place;

Categories: Students
April 16, 2018

Nicolas Uecker has been selected the winner of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) Paul Simon Student Essay Contest at Kishwaukee College. Uecker, Genoa, received a certificate and $500 toward his Spring 2018 tuition and fees from the Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting held April 10.  Uecker’s essay will now be entered in the statewide competition to possibly earn an additional stipend to be used toward Fall 2018 educational expenses. 

The Paul Simon Essay Contest is held annually. Each community college in the state of Illinois is invited to hold the essay competition for its students, select the best essay submitted at their school, and forward that essay to the state-level competition. The essays submitted are required to be no more than 500-words on the topic How My Community College Changed My Life.  If his essay is selected as the statewide winner, Uecker will be invited to the annual ICCTA Conference in June.

Uecker crafted his essay on his choice to attend community college was the best decision because it allowed him to have the opportunity to mature and become a more confident student. Essays were juried by members of the Kishwaukee College English department.


Pictured, L to R, are: Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College; Nicolas Uecker; and Robert Johnson, Chair of the Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees.


Nicolas Uecker's winning essay:

How My Community College Has Changed My Life

“Where are you going to school in the Fall?” was a question I was asked over and over again. The answer I gave was always the same “I think I will end up going to Kishwaukee Community College” and it was usually generated a similar response: “Good for you” or “That’s a smart decision”. The funny thing about those generic responses is the people uttering them had no idea how right they were.

No high school senior wants to acknowledge that they are just not ready, mature enough or possess a desire to be off on their own. I certainly was one of them. It took a lot of soul searching to know what was right for me and how to make the most responsible decision for myself. Community College might not be flashy, but it sure is smart. I’ve seen friend after friend go off to a four year college because that’s they thought they were supposed to do, but ended up coming back home. I knew deep down that I could end up being one of those kids. When I say “kids”, I mean just that. I still felt like a kid. I’ve lived at home with my family my entire life and then I graduated high school and everything in my life could be drastically different overnight if that’s what I wanted. The simple fact was that it wasn’t what I wanted or what I was ready for.

Kishwaukee College changed my life by giving me time. It may not sounds exciting, but it meant everything to me because it prepared me to take the first steps into my future in a way I knew a four year school couldn’t. I entered as a high school kid and evolved into a responsible young adult at a pace that was comfortable for me. It allowed me the time I needed to grow, not only as a person but as a student. The professors and inviting environment made me feel accepted and comfortable, two things I needed before I could allow myself to learn. I am now a confident student, unafraid to ask questions, make new friends, share my thoughts and have educated discussions. I’ve learned to seize the opportunity the experience of being a Kishwaukee College student gave me, so that I could develop a clear vision for my future. I am now goal oriented, organized, ambitious and motivated to strive for educational success. This experience didn’t force me to grow up, it allowed me the time I needed to transition from a high school kid to a college student. I now am excited for what the future holds. I no longer fear the changes that are to come, I’m ready to embrace them.

Categories: Students
September 13, 2017

Kishwaukee College is proud to announce the establishment of the Student Success Scholarship. During their regularly scheduled meeting on September 12, the Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve a Student Success Scholarship that gives back to the students enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year. Students who successfully complete their credit-bearing courses will receive a special scholarship equal to half of the per credit hour tuition increase approved by the Board in March 2017. 

Bob Johnson, Chair of the Board, stated, “Because Illinois showed no progress toward resolving the state budget crisis last March, we voted to increase the in-district tuition rate by $10 per credit hour for the 2017-2018 school year. It was something we thought about and debated but saw no other way through the state budget impasse. We reluctantly passed the increase at our March meeting. In July, when a state budget was voted in place, we knew we wanted to do something to give back to our students.”

According to the state budget passed in July for Fiscal Year 2017 and Fiscal Year 2018, Kishwaukee College is scheduled to receive an additional $2.8 million and approximately $5 million, respectively.

The Student Success Scholarship will automatically be awarded to all students who are enrolled in credit-bearing courses and who complete their courses with a letter grade of A, B, or C. There are several programs at Kish that have a differential tuition base. Students will be reimbursed with the differential tuition taken into account. The Scholarship amounts will be: $5 per credit hour for general coursework; $7.50 per credit hour for programs that have a 1.5 differential tuition rate; and $10 per credit hour for programs that have a 2.0 differential tuition rate.

For the Fall 2017 semester, the Student Success Scholarship will be deposited in student accounts at the end of the term after grades have been posted. The scholarship funds can be applied toward the Spring 2018 semester or students will receive a refund check for the scholarship amount if they do not re-enroll for the Spring 2018 semester.

The Board also approved other ways to give back to students including waiving all user fees for the campus Wellness Center, discounts in the College Bookstore for Kish “spirit wear,” and food vouchers for use in Kish Café.

For more information on the Student Success Scholarship, visit www.kish.edu/ssscholarship.

September 13, 2017

The path from Kishwaukee College to Northern Illinois University recently got a bit easier with the completion of a Guaranteed Admissions Agreement (GAP) between the two schools.

The GAP program allows students to be admitted to both schools simultaneously which provides access to Counselors/Academic Advisors at both institutions to keep them on their academic track. The dual enrollment helps ensure a seamless transition for the students between the schools.

“We are pleased to be partnering with NIU on the GAP agreement. It is a great opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Laurie Borowciz, President of Kishwaukee College. “Students start at Kish for good reasons, including being undecided on a major and affordability. With fifty-five percent of our students transferring to NIU, it’s important that we work closely together to provide a seamless transition. It’s all about our mutual students achieving their educational goal.”

“There are thousands of people who are proud alumni of both Kishwaukee and Northern Illinois University,” says NIU Acting President Dr. Lisa Freeman. “We are delighted to forge this new agreement that will pave the way for thousands more.”

Under the terms of the agreement, high school graduates studying at Kishwaukee College, who maintain a grade point of 2.0 or better while completing transferable credits, are eligible to transfer into any of the more than 56 undergraduate degree programs at NIU. Students need to sign up for the program at least one year prior to their expected enrollment at NIU.

Students enrolled in the program also can:

• Enroll in the Honors Program at NIU if they maintain a grade point average of 3.2 or better at Kishwaukee College;

• Take advantage of a reverse transfer agreement that will allow students to apply coursework completed at NIU toward completion of their associate’s degree at Kishwaukee, at no additional cost;

• Apply to earn scholarships from NIU.

Participants in the program also receive regular updates from NIU about scholarship opportunities, financial aid deadlines, open houses, and have their application fee waived.

For more information on the Guaranteed Admissions Program email transfercenter@NIU.edu , or call 800-892-3050. Information can also be found on the website of the NIU Undergraduate Admissions at go.niu.edu/gap. For information on Kishwaukee College, visit www.kish.edu.

September 8, 2017

Kishwaukee College prides itself on being responsive to the needs of the communities which it serves. In doing so, the College is continually soliciting feedback from key stakeholders, including its most important group, the students. 

Since 2011, the Office of Institutional Research has conducted a Student Satisfaction Survey every two years through Ruffalo Noel Levitz.  The survey helps the College gather feedback from students and provides national benchmarks on key issues. The latest survey conducted in Spring of 2017 shows Kishwaukee College is going in the right direction, according to students. Matthew Crull, Director of Research and Data Management at Kish, said, “In the four Surveys administered over the past six years, Spring 2017 exhibited the highest level of satisfaction ever recorded at Kishwaukee.”

He continued, “Kishwaukee College was above the national benchmarks for several items of student satisfaction. The College continues to do well in providing a welcoming, safe environment that provides easy and convenient registration and quality online services. This year saw another increase in the satisfaction ratings of quality and courtesy among the faculty and staff at the College.”

Other aspects of Kishwaukee College that the students noted improvement in were the state-of-the-art lab facilities on campus, accessibility to courses within the students’ program of study each semester and the ongoing feedback that students receive about their progress toward their academic goals.

The survey also identified some opportunities for improvement. Students want more classes offered at more convenient times, which is a common issue faced at all colleges.  Crull said, “The challenges faced still primarily include offering more sections at convenient times and in a wider variety of departments. Some of these things are logistical in nature—we can only offer a certain number of classes that meet at 10:00 in the morning, for example.” Additionally, students are joining other college students across the country in placing increased emphasis on cost and finding new ways to pay their tuition bills.

The results of the Student Satisfaction Survey are shared with the College’s Board of Trustees, Senior Leadership Team, and the faculty and staff.  Crull noted, “We want everyone to be aware of what we found from our students.” Crull will be evaluating and interpreting this year’s Student Satisfaction Survey results and adding his findings to reports to the College’s accreditation bodies and campus committees dedicated to Strategic Planning and Departmental Assessment.

The next Student Satisfaction Survey will be administered in Spring 2019. Until then, Crull summed up the 2017 findings, “We have excelled in being a college that students want to come to, find welcoming, meets their academic needs, helps them achieve their career goals, and are impressed with as they experience how much our instructors and front line personnel care about giving them a great experience at Kishwaukee College.”

For more information, visit www.kish.edu/ir.

Categories: Students
December 23, 2015

The Kishwaukee College chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) held an induction ceremony on campus on Friday, December 18.  The NSLS chapter at Kishwaukee College was established in Fall 2014.  The chapter advisor is Allison Von Ende.

The mission of NSLS is to help students discover and achieve their goals. The Society, founded by Gary Tuerack, emphasizes the six steps of leadership: clarification of purpose, creation of a shared vision, challenge of the status quo, inspiration of positive action, empowerment of others, and continuous improvement.  The society was founded in 2001 and current has nearly 500,000 members at 478 colleges across the United States.

At the induction ceremony at Kishwaukee College, 36 students joined NSLS. Joining the Society in Fall 2015 are:

Chicago: Mykia Merchant;

Cortland: Gabriela Martinez, Flor Reyes;

DeKalb: Angelica Alcaraz, Jonathan Bell, Guadalupe Garcia, Megan Harris, Tania Harris, Christy Knobbe, Jose Morales, Kaitlin Robbins, Nilda Rodriguez, Savannah Washington;

Esmond: Litecia Swanson;

Freeport: Courtney Germain;

Genoa: Brett Devine;

Kirkland: Lambertus Schreur;

Plainfield: Bridget Sabor;

Oregon: Megan Mjoen, Courtney Tucker;

Rochelle:  Veronica Avolio, Chelsea Erickson, Erin Esgar, Briana Mickley, Kelsey Russell, Hadeel Sbeih, Marina Tague, Yareli Tenorio, Nathan Thompson;

Rockford: Michelle Markley;

Sterling: William McCormick;

Sycamore: Hailey Holt, Joshua Luke, Shannon Maher, Madison Schap;

Fort Myers, FL: Robert Embry.

For more information on the National Society of Leadership and Success, visit

www.societyleadership.org.  For information on the NSLS chapter at Kishwaukee College, contact Allison Von Ende at 815-825-2086, ext. 5390 or at allison.vonende@kishwaukeecollege.edu.

Categories: Students
November 23, 2015

Ian Kidd, a student at Kishwaukee College, has been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar.

 Kidd, Sycamore, is in his second year at Kishwaukee and is planning to continue his education after graduation to pursue his career goal of becoming a Mechanical Engineer. He is an active member of the campus community and is currently the co-president of the Alpha Rho Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Kishwaukee College.

As a 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars, Kidd joins 207 Phi Theta Kappa members who have been awarded a total of $207,000 in scholarships. Chosen from more than 1,100 applications worldwide, the scholars receive scholarships of $1,000 each to further their associate degree studies. Independent judges evaluate the applications based on scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the U.S. military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides Leaders of Promise Global Scholarships, earmarked for international students.

"The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but provide students with the opportunity to engage in Society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities,” said Dr. Nancy Rieves, CEO of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers.  The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.”

"The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges," said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. "We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals. Phi Theta Kappa members are proven scholars, engaged students who want to use their abilities to make a difference. In designating $200,000 for Leaders of Promise, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is supporting tomorrow's leaders of the global community."

Phi Theta Kappa, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.


Categories: Students
June 11, 2018

Kishwaukee College student-athletes are recognized for prestigious NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards and Arrowhead Conference All-Academic Excellence Awards. A total of 27 student-athletes were recognized for their outstanding achievements in the classroom during the 2017-2018 season.

The NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards recipients are required to compete in at least one sport while completing 24 or more cumulative hours. Students who earn between 3.60-3.79 cumulative grade point average receive Third Team Honors; those who earn a 3.80-3.99 cumulative grade point average receive Second Team Honors; those who earn 4.0 cumulative grade point average earn First Team Honors.

Kishwaukee College is proud to announce the 2017-2018 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award recipients: Abigail Kerns, Rochelle, Second Team Honors; and Thomas Hansen, Genoa, Second Team Honors; Taniya Ritenour, Milledgeville, Third Team Honors; Larisa Smits, McHenry, Third Team Honors; Ashley Kerns, Rochelle, Third Team Honors; Danielle Stiles, DeKalb, Third Team Honors; Alissa Lacko, Genoa, Third Team Honors; and Caleb Gould, Rochelle, Third Team Honors.

The Arrowhead Conference All-Academic Excellence Award recipients are required to compete in at least one sport while maintaining full time status in both fall and spring semesters and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. The Kishwaukee College student-athletes recognized for the 2017-2018 Arrowhead Conference All-Academic Excellence Awards are:

Kayti Beauchamp, Genoa, Womens Softball

Shaylee Clow, LeRoy, Womens Softball

Elizabeth Cursio, Shabbona, Womens Softball

Madison Hunt, Sycamore, Womens Volleyball

Shelbie Jackson, Wood River, Womens Softball

Abigail Kerns, Rochelle, Womens Basketball

Alissa Lacko, Genoa, Womens Volleyball

Herwine Lamelus, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, Womens Basketball

Maddison Qualls, LeRoy, Womens Softball

Taniya Ritenour, Milledgeville, Womens Volleyball

Alexia Rogalevich, Round Lake, Womens Softball

Taelor Schmitz, Island Lake, Womens Softball

Larisa Smits, McHenry, Womens Softball

Danielle Stiles, DeKalb, Womens Basketball

Alexandria Turner, Shabbona, Womens Volleyball

Addison Wetzel, Ashton, Womens Softball

Hailey White, Oregon, Womens Softball & Womens Volleyball

Cayla Winters, Genoa, Womens Basketball

Caleb Gould, Rochelle, Basketball

Landon Griffith, Rochelle, Basketball

Tommy Hansen, Genoa, Baseball

Jonathan Hook, Coral Springs, FL, Baseball

Troy Johnson, Chicago, Basketball

Trevor Sanchez, Port Cristobal, FL, Baseball

Dylan Smith, Farina, Baseball

June 20, 2016

Jaime Briner, DeKalb, can state without hesitation what the best part of her ELE 102 PC Maintenance and Repair class was. “I was able to gut a computer with no fear of the consequences. If the thing caught fire, it still would've been alright.”  Her statement is interesting especially in light of the fact that she began that semester a self-described novice: “I knew nothing of computers and that terrified me.”

On the other hand, Susanna Eschbach, Cortland, took ELE 102 because, unlike Jaime, she has always loved computers. “I was initially drawn to the class on how to fix computers. I then saw the fall syllabus for the computer technology major and the classes sounded interesting, so I signed up for the Fall semester of classes!”

Lucy Farley, DeKalb, has always been drawn to programs where she can use her hands as well as her mind. “I knew I was looking towards the Career Technologies division to call home during my two-year community college adventure,” she stated. “Once into my first Industrial Electricity and PLC courses things seemed to fall into place. With a vast and unique field such as Electronics, I have great optimism in finding a career path and position that seems as though it were tailored to fit me.”

Overseeing all this enthusiasm is Charles Raimondi, Electronics Technology instructor at Kishwaukee College. Charles is just completing his second year with Kish but is no stranger to the electronics classroom and lab – he came to the College with five years college teaching experience.

Electronics is a growing field and its complexity and intricacies are an attractive entryway into STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) fields for women. According to the Women's Bureau of the Department of Labor, women now comprise nearly 50% of all employees in the electronics industry and the demand for women in the field is growing rapidly.

Susanna is in the Computer Technology Program at Kish. “The first time you walk into an ELE class, you'll feel so overwhelmed. I'm half way through my second semester and I still feel that way a lot of the time. But then, if you persevere, you'll look back and be amazed at the amount of stuff you'll have learned and can do.”  She also credits Charles with making learning a combination of lecture and practical application in the lab. She said, “The mix makes sure that we understand both the practical and theoretical side of electronics.”

Lucy plans to transfer to a university but in the meantime has submerged herself in a program with an instructor who gives her the freedom to pursue her dream with just the right amount of support. “I am extremely fortunate to be employed within the department under my FANTASTIC instructor, Charles Raimondi, and am looking forward to the upcoming semesters,” she said. “Charles is extremely passionate about his work. The classroom atmosphere is best described as student-oriented. And Charles makes it a point to integrate women into STEM fields, as it is in high demand.”

But for Jaime, electronics is not a career goal. She plans to be a Public Relations professional, but learning the ins and outs of computers just made sense to her.  “I wanted to learn about computers considering how vital they are and likely will be later in my career.”

Susanna loves the challenge. “The best part of classes is always learning new stuff. It really never gets boringAnd it doesn't hurt that since the electronics field is one of the fastest growing industries, you're almost guaranteed a decent job as soon as you graduate!”

Enjoying the field and good job prospects makes the circuit complete.