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Student Spotlight: Kara Gillette

Student Spotlight: Kara Gillette

Laboratory Science Technician

Career Program: Laboratory Science Technician
Age: 28
Hometown: Eugene, OR
Current Residence: Appleton
Attended FVTC: Fall 2009 through Current

Why did you choose the Laboratory Science Technician program?
I love science and have wanted to work in a lab for several years. I originally started in a different program at FVTC before deciding that I really wasn’t happy with it. When I went looking for a different program to switch to, I wanted to go with one that was more in line with my original interests. The Lab Science program fit perfectly, the classes seemed really interesting and I would have the training to work in a variety of different types of labs and positions after graduation.

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding?
I find everything about it interesting. We can take a sample and analyze it to discover how it works, what it’s made of, or what properties it has and, in some cases, we experiment with the “recipe” to see what else we can learn. From there, analysts in research and development positions help to develop new products, new tests, or new techniques to improve the accuracy and precision of tests, or reduce turnover time for test results, or better meet customer needs.

Why did you choose Fox Valley Technical College?
My husband went to a state university and he received a degree that he’s not happy with, in a field that is very difficult to get a job, and accumulated a lot of student loan debt in the process. FVTC has allowed me to explore my interests and earn a degree in a field I enjoy with real job prospects after graduation. I will be able to pay off the student loan debt within five years and can pursue further education with the confidence that I know I will be happy in the Lab Science field.

How did Fox Valley Technical College help you change your life?
FVTC has given me much more than just a degree; I have found friendship and camaraderie, mentors, employment, developed job networking connections, and have been able to give back to fellow students as a tutor and mentor. It sounds cliché, but it’s true.

What type of job do you expect to find after graduation?
I can find positions as a lab analyst, quality assurance technician, laboratory technician, and many other titles after graduation. As far as which field I want to find that position in, I think I would enjoy being in an environmental or biotechnology lab, but I haven’t finished the program yet so my opinion may change as I learn more about other areas.

 

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