MORE THAN A CLASSROOM
For HTC graduate John Dolezal, the college was more than a place to attend classes and prepare for transferring to the University of Minnesota to complete a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Management. As a graduate of the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf, Dolezal also relied on HTC’s staff of interpreters to help him in class so he could get the most out of his HTC training.
“The college has wonderful support services,” says Dolezal, discussing how he views his experience at HTC. He came to the college after working for Parker Hannifin Hydraulic Company in Chanhassen, Minn., where he was a CNC machine operator for eight years. He decided to attend HTC when his supervisor offered him a promotion to a position doing CAD (computer-aided design). Dolezal knew he needed training to succeed. That was in 2009. He worked full-time and attended HTC part-time, completing an A.A.S. degree in Engineering CAD in May 2011.
“I want to thank the college and the interpreters for their willingness to help me, sometimes even with a last-minute request for interpreting services,” says Dolezal. “My instructors were very encouraging – they’re very smart and know how to prepare students for careers or for further education.” Now a full-time student at the University of Minnesota, Dolezal will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Manufacturing Management in May 2013.
Reflecting on his experience at the college, Dolezal says, “HTC has wonderful machining equipment and tools, so I really got good production experience in seeing a problem, analyzing it and coming up with a solution.” After he graduates, Dolezal hopes to put his skills to work as a 3-D CAD design engineer and perhaps become a manufacturing manager in the future.
Hard work and determination have helped John Dolezal excel, and he appreciates the people who have helped him along the way. He’s glad that he made HTC part of his journey to higher education.
Last updated by jlaabs : 2016-07-26 15:24:32