Dewayne Garner Jr. is a 2012 Cicero-North Syracuse High School graduate who is making national headlines at OCC. In February 2014 Garner was invited to participate in the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Washington, D.C. Garner gave a presentation on the immunomodulation of cystic fibrosis and won first place in the category of Microbiology, Immunology, and Virology. “Winning the competition was so amazing. It was an incredible feeling!”
Succeeding in college is nothing new for Garner or his family. Both of his parents graduated from OCC and continued on to Syracuse University where they earned their bachelor’s degrees. Dewayne Garner Sr. graduated from OCC in 1999 with a degree in Engineering Science and today works as an electrical engineer. Kionna (Scott) Garner earned a degree in Human Services from OCC in 1998. Today she works with students at Corcoran High School as part of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. The Garner’s have three children.
Garner credits his faith in God, his family and his involvement with OCC’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) with putting him on the right path. “A lot of the experiences and successes I’ve had thus far on my academic journey are a direct result of OnPoint for College, OCC’s CSTEP and LSAMP programs and the people in them. They have made a significant impact on everything I have accomplished.”
Since coming to OCC Garner Jr. has set high goals for himself while majoring in Mathematics and Science. “After I graduate in May 2015 I want to transfer to a four year institution, major in biomedical engineering, then move on to a Ph.D. program.”