My name is Michael Rickard and I have worked in the Construction and Engineering trade for eighteen years. I was born and raised right here in central Nebraska. My wife and I have three wonderful daughters and I have spent the last ten years coaching their fast pitch softball teams and mentoring youth in our community.
I decided to attend the CCC in June 2009 when my employer was struggling due to a tough economy. They were faced with the tough decision of having to layoff part of its work force. With no degree to fall back on and a down turn in the economy, I saw the writing on the wall. I visited with Mark Funkey, the Drafting Technology Instructor, and he helped me choose a degree to work toward based on my experiences and background. The lack of available jobs and a slow economy turned into an opportunity for me to get my degree in Construction Management.
I visited the Financial Aid Office and found that financial assistance to cover the costs of tuition and books was readily available to students in situations like me. I received a Pell Grant for my first semester and to broaden the availability of possible funds to complete my degree, I filled out scholarship forms. Scholarships have been awarded to me and have covered my college expenses ever since. The funds are out there for students, you just have to go get it.
I would definitely recommend CCC to anyone wanting to further their education. I think that CCC is a very cost effective way for students to work toward credits that transfer to bigger universities and serves as a good transition to adjusting to college life.
I am close to finishing my degree and hope to work as a Project Manager someday. I have already begun the process of looking for employment and have a company interested in my talents as a Project Managers Assistant. Having a degree has certainly opened up new doors for me.
Grand Island, NE