Sometimes as children, people have an idea of what they would like to be when they grow up. A doctor, an astronaut, an artist, or even a pop star. Yet these childhood ideas often change and grow throughout life. Walk through a college campus and ask the students what they would like to do as a career, and most will know.
Like Deanna Millard and Andrew Parks, who both want to pursue Engineering. Deanna Millard is a first year student at MCC. She is well suited for the field – she enjoys math, science, and putting pieces together to see how they work. She said she wants into mining engineering with an emphasis in explosives. Millard will transfer to the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla next fall.
Andrew Parks is an engineering student at Longview pursuing a career in architectural engineering and is also transferring to Missouri S&T next year.
Though transferring is a big step for MCC students, the transfer program between MCC and Missouri S&T allows students to be confident that the classes they take at MCC will transfer to the four-year college.
“The program is an agreement between MCC and MS&T based on the ability of the engineering faculty at MCC to teach classes that parallel those at MS&T,” said Nicole Pflum, an engineering instructor at MCC. The program between MCC and Missouri S&T has been active for 10 years.
“In those years MS&T has done the math, and report to us every year that students who start at MCC do better in their last two years than students who start at MS&T,” Pflum said.
To prepare transfer students like Millard and Parks, Pflum makes sure they are in contact with a university, be it Missouri S&T or another. Pflum said she also makes sure that these students have a thirst for knowledge and advises them to make sure they are learning, not just passing the class. Parks said he’s thankful for the program that Missouri S&T has set up with Longview to help transfer students. He was also lucky enough to have the inside scoop on the transferring process thanks to a friend who had done the same.
Millard and Parks said they feel prepared for Missouri S&T. Millard feels that the most valuable thing she learned at Longview was how to keep up with the quick pace professors set.
Parks cited the benefit of study pals. “Studying in a group is a whole lot easier and helpful than studying on your own.”