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A degree with options

Design for Manufacturing: 3D Printing student finds a career path with possibilities

Adiel Contreras-Andrade is beginning his college experience in a program that will allow him move quickly into a career, while keeping his future options open.

A student in the Design for Manufacturing: 3D Printing certificate program at Dunwoody College of Technology, Contreras-Andrade discovered Dunwoody after attending a college fair at Thomas Edison High School.

“I picked the Design for Manufacturing 3D Printing program because I thought it was going to be the right starting point so that I could find the degree that would fit me,” he said.

Now that he’s in the program, Contreras-Andrade is confident he made the right choice.

“I most enjoy that I can take classes that I like,” he said. “I also like the way that the classes are taught. The faculty are always giving us the resources that we need to continue learning.”

Exploring future options

A one-year certificate, graduates of the program can transfer easily into Dunwoody’s two year Engineering Drafting & Design or Machine Tool Technology associate’s degrees if they want to continue their education.

Contreras-Andrade said he wants to work in the field to gain experience after graduating, but eventually he wants to work in the automotive industry on car design.

He would also encourage others to explore a technical degree.

“Going to a technical school allows a person can find what they are interested in doing as a career,” he said. “They also have connections that can land students jobs after they graduate.”

Aspire Scholarship

Contreras-Andrade is a recipient of the Wallin Education Partners Aspire Scholarship, which is aimed at giving more college-ready students the ability to pursue their dream of earning a Dunwoody degree.

“Receiving this scholarship meant a lot to me because continuing my education was important to me, so that I could reach my goals of someday helping to change the world,” he said. “I would like to thank the donors of this scholarship for helping me get one step closer to reaching me goal.”