Student Spotlight: Brittany Ruttenberg

Brittany Ruttenberg

Brittany Ruttenberg
Major: Wildlife Biology
Hometown: Aurora

When Brittany Ruttenberg finished high school, she didn't know what to select as a major.

“I came to College of DuPage because I was able to take a variety of classes to help determine my interests without the heavy financial cost you would find at other schools,” she said.

Ruttenberg liked environmental science and began to pursue it. She found work at the COD Library through student employment and, in fall 2010, she received the B.J. Hoddinott Scholarship.

“The scholarship gave me the additional confidence and motivation to continue pursuing Wildlife Ecology,” she said. “It’s helped me and my family by alleviating some of the financial burden of attending college. It also introduced me to the research process through the independent study required with the scholarship.”

With the scholarship, Ruttenberg focused on her academics to better prepare for transfer. That happened in fall 2011, when she enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to double major in Wildlife Ecology and Biology. She graduated in 2014 and is starting a job with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service as part of the Wildlife Services program in Springfield, Ill.

She is thankful that COD gave her a strong start on her career path.

“COD’s variety of class options, especially nights and weekend classes, and the off-campus centers gave me the flexibility to work and attend school full-time,” she said.

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