Kyle Dukeshire began his college career as a College Credit Plus (CCP) student at Terra State Community College through Fremont Ross High School. “I was taking computer aided design (CAD) at the tech center,” Kyle recalls. “I always wanted to do something with engineering. I knew what I wanted to do at an early age. When I saw the opportunity to take classes while in high school, it was a no-brainer.”
When he graduated from Fremont Ross, he was still less than a year away from earning his associate degree at Terra State. With the encouragement of his parents, Kyle headed for Kent State University. He spent three years on the main campus studying engineering. As Kyle neared the start of his fourth year, he was informed by the university that his classes had been moved from the main campus to a satellite campus that was over sixty miles away. Instead of commuting or moving to the satellite campus, Kyle chose to return to Fremont.
Once back in Fremont, Kyle spoke to a few administrators and former instructors at Terra State who convinced him to finish his associate degree. “All of my professors were fantastic,” Kyle says. “They cared. If you were having a down day, they gave you a chance to catch up. They were always available and not for just school. If you needed help with your personal life, they said to reach out to them and it was ok. It changed my outlook on college.” Kyle graduated in 2011 with an Associate in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering, along with a Certificate in CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing.)
Average Length of Study
2 years, Full time
Tiffin Metal Products
Lead Customer Design Engineer
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