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Finding her Path to a Career in Construction

Construction Project Management student and WITC recipient looking forward to a career in the industry

One summer afternoon, Sophia Krocak received a call from an unknown number. Little did she know that one conversation would set her on an exciting career path. Krocak had been awarded Dunwoody’s Women in Technical Careers (WITC) scholarship, which provides her with mentorship and professional development support, along with a life-changing scholarship.

And for Krocak, life hasn’t always been easy. Raised by a single father, she saw first-hand the financial struggles of her parents. She learned early on the importance of a stable, well-paying job that could support a family.

“I grew up asking myself, what could I do better, where could I make improvements,” Krocak said.  

As a first-generation college student, Krocak’s family encouraged her to pursue a degree in Construction Project Management. But concerned about college debt, it was that 15-minute phone call that changed her life.

“I am so grateful to the donors willing to give, and I really hope that they can see how much it helps now, and in the long run,” she said.

Krocak has excelled since coming to Dunwoody. She juggles a full class load, an internship with a construction company, and equipment restoration projects with her dad. But all that hard work is paying off, and Krocak will graduate this Spring with her Associate in Applied Science degree.

After graduating, Krocak is eager to jump into a project manager position. She knows that skilled workers are in-demand and she is looking forward to making a difference with her leadership.

“I have the opportunity to showcase what women can do for the industry,” she said.  

About the Women In Technical Careers Scholarship Program

Funded through the generous support of donors and partner organizations, the Women in Technical Careers is a scholarship program designed to help women students succeed in a technical degree program at Dunwoody College of Technology and launch into a great career. The scholarship program works to eliminate barriers for women entering the technical and skilled trade fields.

The WITC program includes a scholarship of up to $10,000/year for two years. A child care stipend of up to $1,500/year for two years (if eligible), stipends for textbooks and program participation, formal mentoring by women professionals, monthly professional development workshops, one-on-one advising, access to internships and part-time job opportunities, and a summer orientation.