Brian Singleton had always been interested in taking electronics apart to see how they worked. He followed that interest to Richland College’s Engineering Technology program. That program led directly to a job with an engineering and design company.
“I chose Dallas County Community College District because it offered the right combination of affordability, location and a degree plan I was interested in. It took me about three years to earn my associate degree because I was also working full time and supporting a family.
“On the job, I apply almost everything I learned in the program. I wouldn’t be where I am today without that broad spectrum of knowledge. That I could get out of college without a mountain of debt and go to school close to home really made a difference, too.”
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“To succeed in this field, you have to commit yourself to never stop learning, and you have to be able to work outside your comfort zone and learn new skills sets on the fly,” says Singleton. “You have to be OK with all of that because you will be challenged with something new every day.
“The best part about Richland’s program was learning from instructors with real hands-on industry experience,” Singleton says. “Bill Slonecker is a huge advocate for the program in the community too. When I finished my associate degree, former Richland professor Brent Donham helped me find my first position with Principal Technology Engineering, where I worked for four and a half years and was promoted from technician to production manager. I was already involved in some sales activities there, so the progression to all sales was a natural one for me.
“I would recommend Richland’s program not just for the affordability but for the instruction,” he says. “No matter what stage you’re at in life, it’s a great program for anybody.”