Education Makes for More Career Options

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Adam Sterner, 2014 MCC Graduate

It’s great when you finish what you start . . . it’s even better when you finish much more.  That’s been the experience of Adam Sterner, a recent graduate of Muscatine Community College.  “Initially, I was looking at a degree from the welding program,” says Adam.  But with a little encouragement from college staff and an engineer he met who worked at John Deere, Adam took on a whole new challenge.  “I decided to complete not only the welding program, but an Associate’s degree in Manufacturing as well,” he notes, a path that led him to a full time position at HON in Muscatine.  He’s now also pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at Western Illinois University.

Completing Associate’s Degree Was Key

“My experience at MCC was very positive and I have felt well prepared for my classes at WIU,’ explains Brad.  Just as important, his courses and hands-on work at MCC prepared him for success in his job as a Rapid Continuous Response Technician with HON.  “The position is a combination of skills I learned and things I really get satisfaction out of doing,” he explains.  “There’s hands-on practical skills, but I also spend a lot of my time analyzing equipment and work flow, problem solving and communicating with the rest of the work team to make improvements.”  Broadening his original vision – and working hard to complete his goals – allowed Adam to have more options in terms of career choices.  “Through the college I had the chance to do some job shadowing and really learn more about the field.  My Associate degree was really key and it helped me go a long way in terms of getting a job I’m enjoying and preparing me for success at a 4-year school.”

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