ALUMNI SUCCESS STORIES
- These days, HTC graduate Jeff Arendt flies his own airplane, has property holdings in South Dakota, Kansas, and Idaho, and is part-owner of a private golf course in Arizona. And he’s still a fan of technical college training.
- Janice Bengtson was ready for a career change in 2000. Having worked in restaurant management, she knew she wanted higher pay and better benefits. She made the change to manufacturing, landing a job with an apprentice program in injection molding, which included training at HTC. The bad news is that Bengtson got laid off. The good news is that she continued her training at HTC and earned a certificate. And she didn’t stop there.
- For Scott Olson, the knowledge he gained in the Plastics Engineering Technology program at Hennepin Technical College was the starting point for a career that has included developing multiple patents for stent delivery devices at Boston Scientific, serving as one of the four original engineers at the start-up of Velocimed, and now launching Matrix Medtech, a company focused on innovative medical device product development, based in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
- Takanda Epps laughs now when she thinks about her start in automation robotics and her lack of knowledge about tools. ‘For me, a hammer was a high-heeled shoe, and a screwdriver was a butter knife,” says Epps, the mother of two young boys. It was her sense of humor and her determination that helped her overcome obstacles that would have kept many individuals from achieving their goal. Completing her studies in December 2012, Epps is the first African-American woman to graduate from HTC’s Automation Robotics Engineering Technology program. But it’s something that happened by accident.
- If you want to talk with two people who are enthusiastic about their work, spend a minute with HTC Floral Design graduates Jackie Bockwitz and Anna Treichel. Bockwitz, owner of Forever Floral in Coon Rapids, Minn., and Treichel, one of 13 employees at the shop, share an excitement about floral design and creating memorable arrangements for their customers. Their award-winning talents have put them in the spotlight.
- For Alexis Thomas, choosing where to study culinary arts was easy. She had already been attending Hennepin Technical College while she was a student at Edina High School as part of Minnesota’s Post-Secondary Enrollment Option that allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits that can satisfy high school graduation requirements. So when Thomas graduated from Edina High School in 2001, she headed right back to HTC’s Eden Prairie Campus to prepare for a culinary career.
- “I had wanted to do this for the last three years.” That’s what Amanda Phillips said in describing her decision to study carpentry. She had graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, in 2000, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Actually, it was a college experience there that sparked her interest in a totally different course of study.
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