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Student Spotlight: Carly Swanson

Carly Swanson

Carly Swanson
Major: Computer Information

Systems

Carly Swanson first became interested in computers and programming through the DuPage County 4-H Computer Science project area.

"I learned a variant of BASIC and the C programming language on my own for my computer science projects, and I credit those projects for introducing me to programming," she said.

When it came time for college, Swanson knew from her sister that College of DuPage has high academic standards. Combined with its location and tuition costs, COD was an easy choice to make.

"COD helped me advance academically by providing me with easy access to the courses I need for my degree," she said. "More importantly, COD gave me knowledge and experiences that will be applicable in both my future education and in my career. I have learned technological and people-oriented skills necessary for me to become a successful programming professional."

Swanson transferred to the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2011 and earned an associate’s degree in Application Programming from COD with combined credits from COD and IIT. In 2013, she received her bachelor's degree in Information Technology and Management from IIT, graduating summa cum laude. Next she will pursue a master's degree in the same area with a specialization in web design and application development.

While at IIT, Swanson received the Anders Tjellström Scholarship by Cochlear Americas. She has been deaf in her right ear since the age of 7 and uses a BAHA ("bone anchored hearing aid"), which conducts sound directly to the inner ear through bone. 

Swanson hopes to work in software development, particularly in an area involving web technologies.

"I am so grateful to the teachers at COD who have helped make my education a success," she said. "Their thorough instruction and confidence in my abilities have contributed immensely to my enthusiasm for learning and computing, and motivated me to give my best effort in their classes."

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