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Student Spotlight: Michael L. Larson

Mike Larson

Student Spotlight: Michael L. Larson

Electrical Engineering Technology and Electronics Technologies

Jan 21, 2013

Age: 30
Hometown: Weyauwega, WI

Current Residence: Las Vegas, NV

Why did you choose the Electrical Engineering Technology and Electronics Technologies programs?
I’ve always been a person who wonders how things work, but I never really thought of college as an option, and never enjoyed attending classes in high school. It wasn’t until I got married and started a family when my father-in-law saw potential in me that, at that point in my life, I never saw in myself. One day he asked me, “if you were given an opportunity to do whatever you wanted for a career, what would it be?” After I thought about it, I said, “I’d like to use my brain more at work and less of my body.” The next day, I picked up a course book from FVTC and by that night, I knew that Electrical Engineering Technology was the field for me.

Why did you choose Fox Valley Technical College?
The teaching style at Fox Valley Tech is both hands-on and personalized, so people can take an accelerated path or take a little more time to let the concepts sink in. This hands-on approach has always been the best way for me to learn. I was most satisfied with my lab work when I experienced unforeseen problems that made me rethink concepts from previous courses.

I was hesitant returning to school and I was very nervous about failure. But the staff at FVTC wants to see everyone succeed so they won’t let anyone slip through the cracks. They are the reason for my success.

What did you learn about your career field that you found interesting or rewarding?
In my first semester, I got my first taste of electronics with AC, DC and Digital Circuits. Also, when I started at FVTC, I didn’t even own a computer. I took two computer classes right away, and the instructor broke down the concepts into a language that I could understand. By my final semester, I could not only successfully troubleshoot a PC, but I also built one from the ground up and could program a microprocessor if needed.

What type of job do you have now?
Just five years after my father-in-law asked me that question, I’ve moved my family to Las Vegas, NV where I’m now employed as an Electronics Technician at JT3. JT3 works with the U.S. Department of Defense to help the Air Force and Navy customers improve effectiveness while generating cost savings and exceptional performance. Due to the nature of my work, I can’t provide detailed information, but I love my career, and I plan to continue my education with advanced degrees in Electrical Engineering.