Alums tout value of KSU education

 

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug 28, 2020) — As much as Kennesaw State University students enjoy their college days, they often develop an even greater appreciation for their KSU experience after they graduate and truly see the value of their degree.

Learning in and out of the classroom, Kennesaw State students expand their career possibilities, increase their knowledge of the world and build a foundation for lifelong learning. KSU alumni in a variety of disciplines are seeing how the university’s student-centered focus is now benefitting them in their careers.

Below are just a few of the many success stories of recent KSU graduates. While having different experiences, these alums share a common perspective – they value their decision to become an Owl.


Alyssa Baird
Alyssa Baird
Alyssa Baird

Accountant at Koch Business Solutions

Degree: Accounting, 2019

“Kennesaw State gave me the ability to challenge myself academically and personally. I became a great multi-tasker due to working on campus, being a leader in different clubs and going to class. All aspects of my KSU experience positively impacted my confidence in navigating the real world.”


Carly Bankston
Carly Bankston
Carly Bankston

Senior inventory analyst with Delta Air Lines TechOps

Degree: Marketing, 2017

“I am very proud to have graduated from the Coles College of Business. I would put Kennesaw State’s business program up there with the best. Classes like Professional Selling and Social Media Marketing helped me gain confidence, learn business tactics and think creatively. As an analytical thinker, my favorite courses were Statistics and Business Operations, two courses that I have found are very relevant to my current job duties.”

 


Nikolas Baranco
Nikolas Baranco
Nikolas Baranco

International student and scholar coordinator at Georgia Tech

Degree: Modern Language and Culture, 2019

“KSU’s program granted me the opportunity to critically study a language with amazing faculty. I gained global experiences through my academic studies, and my study-abroad trip was a priceless experience. At KSU, I was involved in Housing and Residence Life, campus tours and Student-Athlete Success Services. I wanted to continue working in higher education after I graduated, and the roles I held at KSU really prepared me to continue working with students.”

 


Kash Campbell
Kash Campbell
Kash Campbell

Quality engineer for Lockheed Martin

Degree: Industrial Engineering, 2018

“My degree has been very instrumental in teaching me key values and concepts that I apply to my everyday life at work. Skills from team dynamic classes and hands-on projects and assignments have been very relatable and easy to transfer to my work. My professors purposely had a lot of group assignments in order to get an idea of the real world where most different engineering components work together to determine the common goal.”


Sarah Dillon
Sarah Dillon
Sarah Dillon

Management consultant at Accenture

Degree: Information Systems, 2015

I am incredibly proud of the degree I earned from KSU. It provided me with a strong foundation of business and information technology and prepared me for the professional world in many ways. My classes enabled me to see projects through to completion and reinforced a strong work ethic. KSU provides students with an incredibly well-rounded education, and the level of commitment from the professors is unparalleled.”


Makayla Jacobs
Makayla Jacobs
Makayla Jacobs

Power distribution engineer at Enercon Services, Inc.

Degree: Electrical Engineering, 2018

“Not only did I get the opportunity to learn technical skills from experts in my industry while at KSU, but I developed dynamic problem-solving and collaboration skills that are directly applicable to the day-to-day functions of my career. The blend of industry experience and theoretical knowledge makes for a unique advantage in understanding the ‘why’ behind your classroom subjects.”


Mia Jordan
Mia Jordan
Mia Jordan

Assistant band director at Lanier Middle School

Degree: Music Education, 2019

“My degree from KSU gave me great mentors. I will continue to learn from my professors, and they will support me for years to come. Music education is very detailed and hands-on; the classes programmed for my degree taught me specific skills I use in my job today.”


Taylor Morris
Taylor Morris
Taylor Morris

Durable medical equipment coordinator at Resurgens Orthopedics and director of sales for 911Restoration

Degree: Exercise Science, 2019

“My job as DME coordinator would be impossible without a health-related degree and prior experience in the rehabilitation field, so I thank KSU for my exercise science degree and psychology minor. KSU is a nationally renowned university. I landed my previous job in physical therapy through a reference from one of my professors, Dr. John McLester, who commonly does research with the company’s national head of quality and research.”


Matthew Strotman
Matthew Strotman
Matthew Strotman

Project engineer with Frameworks Engineering

Degree: Civil Engineering, 2019

“My KSU degree is the foundation to my future career. I see it as a valuable way of saying to myself, and others in the profession, that I am committed to pursuing and being granted a professional engineer license. KSU helped me prepare for the job I have by exposing me to various specialties in the civil engineering field – geotechnical, water resources, environmental, structural, transportation and land surveying, just to name a few.”


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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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