Joe Astolfi has always been fascinated by the weather. As a child, he got into a little trouble with his mother by running up her cellular phone bill by calling a weather hotline. “I watched weather reports a lot when I was a kid,” Astolfi recalls. “I always enjoyed being in tune with the weather.”
Astolfi grew up in the Sandusky area of Erie County. He later moved closer to Norwalk and graduated from Norwalk St. Paul in 2003. While he was undecided about what he wanted to study post-high school, Astolfi knew that he wanted to continue his education. “I received a message from Terra State about an honors program the College was starting,” Astolfi says. “If you lived in a certain area and had a certain grade point average, you would be eligible. After talking with Terra State advisors, I was able to cover my tuition with their very generous program.” Astolfi attended Terra State beginning in the fall of 2003 and graduate in the spring of 2005 earning an Associate of Science. “When I found out about the honors program, I thought it was too good to be true. I am eternally grateful for how it turned out.”
Astolfi took about ten months off after graduating from Terra State. “I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do. In the back of my mind, I had always been interested in weather and meteorology, so I just needed some time to look around at schools that offered a degree in that field.” Astolfi ended up in DeKalb, Illinois at Northern Illinois University. “Northern Illinois had the Bachelor of Meteorology degree that I was looking for. The thing I like about the university is that it had that personable feel that Terra State did.” Astolfi did not focus on the broadcasting area of meteorology in his studies, but on the behind the scenes work. To go along with his meteorology major, Astolfi also minored in geographic information systems. That minor helped him land his first job after graduation at a map publishing company.
In 2011, Astolfi was wanting to do more with his meteorology education. As luck would have it, a friend of a friend who was an on-air meteorologist at the NBC affiliate in Rockford, Illinois, was looking to fill an opening. Astolfi put his name in for the position and was invited to the station to record a demo. He got the job and began his broadcasting career as the weekend meteorologist. Astolfi worked at the station for three years, even advancing to chief meteorologist for a short period.
DegreeAssociate of Science
Average Length of Study
2 years, Full time
Up to $92,455*