ICC Engineering Graduate: 2nd year (Sophomore)
Transferred to: North Dakota State University
B.S. in Agricultural Engineering
Currently: Prinsco Inc. Title: Application Engineer
Date of Testimonial: September 2017
What is your career highlight or proudest career moment to date?
Receiving and accepting a quality full-time job offer over 6 months prior to graduation.
Why did you choose Itasca Community College to start your engineering education?
Perfect mix of quality program, distance from home, class sizes, and opportunity for athletics.
What do you think is the best thing about the Itasca Community College?
The faculty and staff’s focus on student development and dedication to their success.
How did ICC Engineering help you shape your personal and professional goals?
I think the biggest thing was that the instructors made the material they presented relevant. They had us work in teams on applicable projects which helped us figure out how to effectively contribute to a common goal. It all helped prepares us, on a smaller scale, for working with others in our career.
In what ways did ICC prepare you to be successful at your transfer school and in your career?
It was a relief to transfer to NDSU having already taken many general engineering classes (statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, circuits, etc.) where class sizes were 20 to 30 instead of 200 to 300. I also felt that I was more comfortable giving both prepared and impromptu presentations to my peers since I had given many in my time at ICC. This also helped prepare me in my career where I am consistently being put in similar situations.
What advice would you give to prospective ICC Engineering students?
Attending ICC was one of the best decisions that I’ve made. The quality of education was every bit as good as, if not better than, I received at a 4-year university, for a fraction of the cost. The instructors are approachable and willing to help you out on a personal level. The friends that I met at ICC remain some of my best friends to this day.
What advice would you give to a current ICC Engineering student?
First, don’t be afraid to step outside of the engineering department. College, especially the first couple years, is for getting out and exposing yourself to different people and different experiences. Second, challenge yourself. Balancing your classes, extracurriculars, social life, being on your own, etc. will be difficult, but it doesn’t do you any good to shield yourself.