Student Spotlight: Carly Swanson

Carly Swanson

Carly Swanson
Major: Computer Information


Carly Swanson first became interested in computers and programming through the DuPage County 4-H Computer Science project area. 

“I learned a variant of BASIC and the C programming language on my own for my computer science projects, and I credit those projects for introducing me to programming,” she said.

When it came time for college, Swanson knew from her sister that College of DuPage has high academic standards. Combined with its location and tuition costs, COD was an easy choice to make.

“COD helped me advance academically by providing me with easy access to the courses I need for my degree,” she said. “More importantly, COD gave me knowledge and experiences that will be applicable in both my future education and in my career. I have learned technological and people-oriented skills necessary for me to become a successful programming professional.”

Swanson transferred to the Illinois Institute of Technology and earned an associate’s degree in Application Programming from COD with combined credits from COD and IIT. While at IIT, Swanson received the Anders Tjellström Scholarship by Cochlear Americas. She has been deaf in her right ear since the age of 7 and uses a BAHA (“bone anchored hearing aid”), which conducts sound directly to the inner ear through bone. 

She then received her bachelor's degree in Information Technology and Management from IIT, graduating summa cum laude. But Swanson didn’t stop there. She completed her master’s degree in the same area with a specialization in web design and application development.

Swanson now works as a .NET developer and systems analyst. She is grateful to the teachers at COD who helped make her education a success.

“Their thorough instruction and confidence in my abilities have contributed immensely to my enthusiasm for learning and computing, and motivated me to give my best effort in their classes,” she said.

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