Andrew Becker of Carlyle graduated high school in 2015 and immediately enrolled at Kaskaskia in the fall of that same year. He completed his Associate Degree in Engineering Science in 2017 with a 4.0 GPA and then continued his education at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he graduated in May with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Becker stayed busy while at Kaskaskia joining the Kaskaskia Engineering Association (KEA) where he served as Vice President his sophomore year. He was also named to the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society and assisted with the 2017 Spring Picnic and the American Red Cross Blood Drives.
Andrew received a Board of Trustees Scholarship to attend Kaskaskia which paid for his full tuition for two years. “I was able to receive a scholarship to a school that I could attend from home and that was starting a brand-new program in a field I was interested in. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to do this.”
Becker says, “I recommend KC to others because I believe the faculty at KC truly care about their students’ success. I will never forget many of the professors at KC because of their intelligence, kindness, and professionalism. KC is a great place to meet lifelong friends and is an affordable way for you to receive the education you desire.”
When asked about his transfer experience he adds, “KC helped me start my education by providing a sound foundation of engineering principles that put me ahead of other engineering majors when I moved to SIUE. All my credits from KC transferred to SIUE, which made for a smooth transition after two years.”
Becker says that he is thankful to many professors at Kaskaskia who definitely made an impact on his life and education. “I am thankful for all of the professors I had at KC but Eric Hofelich and Dr. Scott Crothers were two professors that really made a difference. Eric Hofelich, mentor of KEA, taught the first engineering courses I had ever taken and started me off on my engineering journey. He always encouraged me and did whatever he could to help me succeed. Dr. Scott Crothers, professor of philosophy, served as a role model for me while I was at KC. His intelligence and professionalism really stood out to me, and I saw him as someone that I wanted to be like when I got older. I am also grateful for my other favorite professors, Christena Elliott and Dr. Peter Vig, who taught me calculus and physics.”
Becker now works as a Management Associate with Mechanical Maintenance at Granite City Steel (US Steel).