When Hunter Clingaman graduated from Stryker High School in 2013, he had no idea his journey would lead him to an engineering career. Despite entering Northwest State as an “undecided” student, his stellar high school academic record earned him a full-tuition Presidential Scholarship, which enabled him to explore multiple career options.
At Northwest State, he quickly discovered a passion and aptitude for engineering. He excelled in his studies and was named recipient of the 2015 President’s Outstanding Student Award as he graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology.
While attending classes at Northwest State, Hunter attended NSCC’s annual job fair where he met staff from General Motors in Defiance. He ultimately secured an internship with GM, which allowed him to gain valuable work experience while simultaneously working toward his degree. He is now pursing his bachelor’s degree in electro-mechanical engineering from Miami University through a partnership that enables him to take classes at Northwest State while continuing to live at home. Hunter is continuing his internship at General Motors, which is helping him pay for college.
Hunter is quick to credit his engineering instructors—particularly Colin Doolittle and Mike Kwaitkowski—for their mentorship. “Both of these men have made a difference in my life because they have helped me see that the sky is the limit when it comes to learning and that I can make a positive difference in the world. Colin and Mike care about their students and want to see us succeed. Thanks to them I have been able to have experiences I didn’t even know were possible. I am blessed to have had them as my instructors,” he said.
Hunter encourages others to consider attending NSCC. “Northwest State may open doors of opportunity beyond what you can imagine,” he notes. “It’s a great place to learn.”