Student Spotlight: Mike Siconolfi
Major: Surgical Technology
Mike Siconolfi was an Information Technology executive at ABN AMRO Bank when his life suddenly changed.
"After the bank was purchased, my position was made redundant and I was given an exit package," he said. "This happened three weeks before the financial system implosion. After trying to look for a position similar to what I had, I quickly realized that I was going to have to do something different. After thinking about what I was interested in, I settled on health care and eventually on the surgical technology role."
It had been 29 years since Siconolfi had been in school, having earned his associate's degree from Niagara County Community College and his bachelor's from the University of Houston. So he took one class at College of DuPage in the fall of 2009 just to get back onto the swing of school.
The success in that class led to others, and Siconolfi decided to pursue the Surgical Technology certificate and become a surgical assistant.
"I decided on Surgical Technology for a couple of reasons: the excitement of it, the variety of things you encounter, the opportunity to work with my hands, and the opportunity to make a difference and be part of something that really matters," he said.
Siconolfi now works at Cadence Health and loves his new career.
"The training and classwork at COD prepared me for the role. There was a lot of hands-on learning in state-of-the-art labs and first-class health care facilities," he said. "COD was close to my home and offered great flexibility in class schedules and a wide variety of options. It has a lot to offer students of all ages. You just have to commit to getting to a new spot and use the resources at the College to make it happen."
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