How I got here:
In 2010, Domtar LLC decided to close the paper mill I had worked at for 15 years. I didn’t have many skills that transferred to other industries except the paper industry. I decided that I needed to go back to school and improve my skills, so I would be more diversified and have more options in the near future. I chose to go to East Mississippi Community College to pursue an Associate Degree in Automation and Control Technology. I believe this has been one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.
What I’ve accomplished:
After doing some research, and looking at my options and my past college transcript, I realize I will actually receive three Associate Degrees in my two years at EMCC. When I graduate in May, I will receive an Associate of Applied Science in Automation and Control Technology, an Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology and an Associate of Arts degree. I have maintained a 4.0 grade point average at EMCC, and I am a member of the National Technical Honor Society.
Obviously, I want to find a good job with a stable company at the moment. I can see myself continuing my education and getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology, or maybe even Engineering, in the not too distant future.
You will get out of your EMCC experience what you put into it! The instructors will never give up on you, as long as you don’t give up on yourself! So put everything you have into it!
What his instructor, Del Faulkner, said:
Daran is one of those rare individuals who we get the pleasure to teach, and in doing so we ourselves are blessed. He has the advantage over many other students in that he was a long-standing member of the workforce before coming back to school. All the things he learned in industry he brought to the classroom. The younger students really looked up to him and learned first-hand what good work ethics and good study habits can accomplish.