Student Spotlight: Shannon Bear

Shannon Bear

Shannon Bear
Major: Welding
Hometown: Carol Stream

Shannon Bear wanted to obtain a certificate in Photography, but she discovered it was easier said than done.

Then a friend who taught a Welding class suggest another option.

"He told me to try it and that I might like it, so I did -- and he was right," she said.

She is now finishing her certificate in Welding at College of DuPage, which she initially selected because she didn't want to go away to a large university. Now her experiences have made her think differently about how she approaches life.

Jim Filipek, Associate Professor of Manufacturing Technology, has been impressed with Bear's abilities.

“Shannon demonstrates a passion for the welding industry and displays a willingness to learn," he said. "She will excel in the welding industry.”

Bear is looking to the future and is focused upon finding a job once she finishes the program.

"I love working with my hands and welding is that," she said. "The program is hands-on and I'm really enjoying it. Through the program, I can be proud of something that I did and show someone that I did that."

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