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Shawnee Community College

SCC Student Spotlight for March, 2015

Shawnee Community College graduates several successful students that go on and accomplish their educational and professional goals. One of our graduates, Gerrid Rose of St. Peters, Missouri has recently achieved his goals, both educationally and professionally.

Gerrid graduated from Meridian High School in 2007. He then furthered his education at Shawnee Community College earning his Associates of Arts & Science degrees in 2010. Rose then finished his Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale in 2012. He is currently pursing his Masters degree in Computer Science at the University of Illinois-Champaign with graduation date scheduled for Fall 2017.

Gerrid currently works as a Software Engineer in the Advanced Learning-Boeing Research and Technology department at Boeing Company, Inc.

SCC's Marketing Coordinator, Emily Elliott asked Gerrid a series of questions about his journey at Shawnee Community College.

Why did you attend SCC?
I decided to attend SCC because of the numerous offerings of scholarships, grants, financial aid, which helped me pay for almost my entire education at SCC including my high school salutatorian and pre-engineering scholarships. I also chose to come because it was close to home and SCC had classes that I could take that would transfer to SIUC.

What did you like about SCC?
I really enjoyed the smaller class sizes with some more advanced classes only having a handful of students. The teachers were dedicated and willing to help you with anything. I was also able to see a lot of my friends from high school as well as meeting new people from other local high schools. The course material was appropriate for the classes and they stayed really focused throughout each semester.

How did SCC help you on your path to success at Boeing?
SCC helped build the fundamentals of engineering that carried me through SIUC to get my bachelor's degree. Success at SCC set me up to have motivation and confidence to succeed farther in education and eventually gave me the confidence that I could apply anywhere I wanted. SCC also helped me to get through college almost debt free and gave me less stress about paying for college. This helped me to concentrate on getting an internship to Boeing.

All of us at Shawnee Community College are very proud of Gerrid, as we are of all our students. We are glad to have been a part of his success story.

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