Student Spotlight: Jose Angeles
Major: Automotive Technology
Jose Angeles has been fascinated by the automotive industry since childhood.
“I was raised by my uncle, who spent the majority of his time repairing vehicles. Since I was the oldest one in my generation, I was obligated to help him,” he said.
Knowing that College of DuPage had a great Automotive Technology program with first-class instructors, Angeles enrolled, even while holding a full-time job. That didn’t stop him from excelling. As he worked up to management level at his job, he earned a 3.6 GPA.
“During my time at College of DuPage, I was able to exceed my personal academic goals while being both a full-time student as well as a full-time employee,” he said. “COD helped me gain that extra motivation to reach my full potential. Having great professors and helpful guidance counselors steered me toward the right path. Their countless years of experience, as well as their plethora of knowledge in the automotive industry that they shared with us, allowed me to further my education and prepared me for the next step in life.”
After earning an associate’s degree in Automotive Technology, Angeles transferred to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he earned a 3.9 GPA while earning his bachelor’s degree in Automotive Technology. He is now working for General Motors as a powertrain service engineer, and he recently completed a six-month rotational program during which he learned about various departments and how they affect the overall company.
His ultimate career goal is to obtain an MBA, and he thanks College of DuPage for providing a great start and encouragement.
“I love my career, and I want to expand my potential as far as I can. I want to continue being happy and increase my education and experiences. I strive to be a role model for my younger siblings and peers,” Angeles said.
“My advice to students would be to take advantage of the program and everything it has to offer, gain as much knowledge from your instructors and ask questions if you are not certain about anything. Also, be aware of the opportunities and choices that might help you in your future. Try to get well-rounded in your education taking additional classes that might be beneficial in your career – for example, marketing, computing, accounting, financing. Don’t give up, because if you work hard enough, everything will be worth it in the end.”
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