By Joseph Kelly
Before becoming a Bay college student I was unemployed. After twenty-two years in one industry I was laid-off due to advancements in technology and the corporate trend towards higher productivity and increased profits. With only a high school education, I found myself to be locked out of the higher paying jobs that I was accustomed to. So, in January of 2005, I enrolled in Bay de Noc Community College’s highly recognized Water Tech program. I faced some educational challenges, but what were my choices? I had to develop better writing and more advanced math skills. Learn new concepts of water and wastewater treatment and chemistry.
At Bay’s campus I received a tremendous amount of support for my new undertaking. To help achieve high marks in my math and English classes the Trio tutoring center was always there willing to assist. Being out of work can be financially challenging as well, but the Financial Aid department at Bay helped sustain me by securing Federal aid, scholarships, and a work/study job. Without the dollars, an education would have seemed impossible. Near the completion of my studies I performed my water and wastewater treatment professional field experience (co-op) here in Escanaba. The co-op allowed me to gain insightful applications to what I have been studying the last two and a half years. With the instructional help of plant operators I was able to gain confidence and achieve a quality understanding of day-to-day operations of water and wastewater treatment.
I look forward to receiving an Associate of Applied Science degree in Water Resource Management this May of 2008. Prospects look good for a new and satisfying career for years to come in a field with many applications and demands. For me, finding success at Bay has been accomplished.