Wes came to HCC as a high school student, taking classes to supplement his homeschool education.
“While it was a bit unusual, I was able to thrive, choose classes that challenged me, and ultimately prepare myself for transfer,” he said.
At HCC, Wes became a math tutor and a teaching assistant, was elected president of the Engineering Club, and even led a summer robotics class with the encouragement of his professors.
After discovering his passion for engineering, Wes was ready to move to a four-year school.
“During my application process to four-year schools, I gained an appreciation for the academic environment that HCC has set up,” he said. “I realized that I had professors who went to the nation’s best public and private universities. Being able to talk to professors who went to these schools helped steer me to Carnegie Mellon University.”
Nearly ten years later, Wes is now a successful systems engineer.
Wes doesn’t forget to give back. He continued teaching robotics, and now serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Conference on Educational Robotics.
“We bring educational robotics to students around the world,” he said.
He credits HCC professors as his inspirations, saying, “Without a doubt, I would not have sought out teaching opportunities if HCC’s professors had not pushed me in the beginning.”
Now, Wes is grateful to HCC for supporting his career.
“HCC gave me the foundation that enabled my success in school and now my career here in Maryland,” he said. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without Howard Community College.”