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Student Spotlight: David Nessler

Student Spotlight: David Nessler

Electrical Engineering Technology & Electronic Engineering Technology

Jun 19, 2017

Career Program: Electrical Engineering Technology & Electronic Engineering Technology
Hometown: Oshkosh
Current Residence: Neenah
Age: 32
Attended FVTC: 2016-2017

Why did you choose the Electronics programs?

I have always been interested in how the world communicates and how things work, so the electronics programs were the best option for me. While in the military, I enjoyed the work I did with satellite technology and technical instruction, which led me to this career. This degree pathway provides many opportunities for career advancement and personal growth.

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding?

In my past experience with electronic communication, I’ve simply been told the way an end result needs to be. With this degree, I have learned the “why” and the “how” of electrical circuits. Also, I now have a better understanding of how society uses technology to access information, communicate globally and save lives.

Why did you choose Fox Valley Technical College?

When I was discharged from active duty, I learned that FVTC was a great campus with a highly respected electronics department, as well as being proud to serve veteran students. With teamwork as an educational core value, I knew that Fox Valley Technical College was where I belonged. Being respected within the community with incredible student resources, FVTC represents my personal philosophy of self-improvement and community involvement.

How did Fox Valley Technical College help you change your life?

As I began to adjust to post-military life, I found the FVTC campus to foster an environment of respect which allowed everyone to learn from each other, regardless of the material presented in each course. Had it not been for the instructors—whether it was in transportation, general education, or electronics—my transition would have been significantly more difficult.  Working with other service members, veterans and civilians allowed for a progressive transformation between military and post-military life. I feel very fortunate and privileged to have had the opportunity to be associated with FVTC. 

What type of job do you expect to find after graduation?

I cannot definitively say what job I will expect to find after graduation. My plan, though, is to build a life as big as my ambition. My personal philosophy has been to better myself, save a life, and improve the community in which I live. To better myself, I plan to earn my master’s degree in Career and Technical Education at UW-Stout. I also plan to obtain certifications within the electronic career fields for my professional growth in electronic technologies. Ultimately, from all my education and experience, I see myself becoming a college professor in electronics or mathematics. To save a life and improve the community, I plan to continue volunteering with organizations that focus on education and personal well-being. I learned many years ago that a simple act of kindness such as donating blood, listening to someone’s fears, or teaching a Junior Achievement session can provide an opportunity for others to lead a life of success and happiness.