Returning student prepares for a bright future in engineering

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Ashley Harper was looking for affordability and convenience when deciding on a college to pursue her goal of becoming an engineer. She found that, and much more, at CCAC.

After attending an out-of-state, private college, she returned home to recuperate from an illness—bringing with her major student loan debt. Deciding to stay closer to home when she resumed her studies, she found that CCAC South Campus met all her needs.

Ashley Harper

Ashley Harper

“The programs of study that CCAC offered really appealed to me,” Harper said. She likes the flexibility of being able to take classes in a broad range of engineering disciplines, and also enjoys the individual attention and the accessibility of instructors at CCAC.

“The professors I’ve encountered are available 24/7, which is vital to an engineering student,” said Harper. “CCAC provides a learning-friendly environment. There’s not a ton of pressure, but there is a lot of encouragement.”

In the past, Harper never considered herself a stellar student, but she has made the Dean’s List every semester and has felt comfortable and confident since she started at CCAC. The classes are “definitely challenging,” but the professors make themselves available whenever she has a question.

“I have found the professors to be so knowledgeable,” Harper remarked. “I think a lot of their passion comes from wanting to see their students be successful.”

“I feel like I’ve really been able to shine at CCAC.”
—Ashley Harper, student, CCAC Engineering Sciences program

Upon earning her associate degree in Engineering Sciences, Harper’s goal is to transfer to the University of Pittsburgh and earn a BA in Engineering, then certification in nuclear engineering. Ultimately she would like to work for the Department of Energy in nuclear design or safety.

“I feel like I’ve really been able to shine at CCAC,” said Harper, a busy mother of a preschooler. “The best thing is that the faculty and staff are always available to help you, whatever your goal may be.”

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