A marketing brochure will only go so far in showing you how an Indiana Tech education can prepare you well for a successful career. That’s why we work hard to stay in touch with our graduates so we can develop their Success Stories. First and foremost, we are proud of our graduates and we love letting the world know about their outstanding accomplishments. Secondly, there is no one better to illustrate the impact of an Indiana Tech degree than one who has walked across our commencement stage and dived headlong into his or her career.
Barbara Belli de Oliveramajor: B.A. Communication
Program Coordinator, Indiana Tech Center for Creative Collaboration
Maximizing on the opportunity of my degree, I attained an independent study during my senior year and then a job offer at the Center for Creative Collaboration (C3) at Indiana Tech. Part of my job as program coordinator at the C3 is to help students develop 21st century skillsets and connect them with the community. I believe my communication degree provided me with the expertise to navigate and succeed in the real world.
Courtney Lakesmajor: B.A. Communication
Mental Health Worker, Yellowstone Boys and Girls Club
My degree in communication from Indiana Tech helped prepare me to become a mental health worker because the curriculum prepares you for such a wide range of experiences. It made me go outside of my comfort zone in various ways through presentations, group projects, research projects, interviews, videos/recordings and learning different writing styles. Not many fields of study allow you to learn a wide variety of different things. I’ve worked for a newspaper, Indiana Tech admissions and a professional baseball team. Now, I am working with children. It is amazing how this degree has allowed me to grow as a person! My resume wouldn’t be as extensive as it is without completing my communication degree. It has allowed me to learn and do as much as I can while being as creative as I can.
Hannah Storkmajor: B.A., Communication
Director of Business Development
My education at Indiana Tech has helped me be better prepared to think critically, handle diversity, and communicate effectively. The excellent faculty at Indiana Tech challenged me to be better and to think deeper. My verbal and written communication skill, along with my presentation skills, were uniquely developed at Indiana Tech. The personal relationships I developed with faculty members helped me feel confident and valued in and outside of the classroom. I was never afraid to ask a question or challenge a theory. Ideas and civil debate were encouraged by all of my faculty members.
The diverse population at Indiana Tech helped me engage with people from different backgrounds and find common ground. Now that I work in higher education, my approach to working with students is a direct result of how my faculty members worked with me.
Aubree Reichelmajor: B.A. Communication
Indiana Tech helped me narrow down the field that I wanted to go into by providing on-campus opportunities for me to explore my interests through the Warrior Legend student newspaper through writing and some photography. I also am able to use the love I found for running on the cross country and track teams to become the main contributor to the Journal Gazette’s Foot Traffic blog, focused on the running community.
Jedidiah Bressmanmajor: B.A. Communication
Law Student - The Ohio State University
The teachers at Indiana Tech created an atmosphere where I could ask questions and challenge my professors. From Dr. McGrade to Professor Malloris to Dr. Walls to Professor LaPierre, I always knew that I could get honest and thought-provoking feedback. I graduated from Indiana Tech in three years. I graduated with the Outstanding Graduate Award for both the major of Communication and the entire College of General Studies. Without having these professors in my corner, I would have not been as successful.
My Communication degree has opened many doors for me. While going to school at Indiana Tech, I worked as a radio host for a local Fort Wayne radio station, 97.3 WMEE, first as an intern and then as a part-time employee. I received this internship by doing many mock interviews through career services, that prepared me to go into the internship interview with the confidence I needed. I worked closely with professors to help me prepare for a life of radio. There is nothing like walking into class and hearing your teacher tell you that they listened to you on the radio and hearing some advice they had to give you.
While at Indiana Tech, I worked on the student newspaper, The Warrior Legend. I also did most of the sports broadcasting on the Indiana Tech Sports Network. These two activities not only improved my writing and oral skills, but also allowed me to be heavily involved with my major. Obtaining practical skills through school meant that I could see my friends play baseball and I never had to leave the campus. One of the best moments for me when I broadcasted on the Indiana Tech Sports Network were when parents would tell me how much my broadcasting meant to them since they lived far away from school.
I currently attend The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. I knew I wanted to go to law school the moment I entered Indiana Tech and once I told my professors about this interest, they helped me work towards that goal. My professors pushed me to do better and, I did with their guidance and support. I also currently sit on the Indiana Tech Alumni Board of Directors. My main goal is to make sure that the same quality mentor-ship that I received as a student is never lost. Anything is possible and Indiana Tech can make it possible.