When Jon Clark was 18 years old he decided to go to work full-time. Eventually he realized he needed to continue his education, came to OCC and today is one of the College’s top students.
Clark grew up in Boscawen, New Hampshire and graduated from Merrimack Valley High School in 2007. He started working but found he was just going through the paces. “I held a number of jobs that never seemed to catch my interest,” Clark said. What did catch his interest was a colleague named Christopher Guerrera who turned out to be his mentor. Guerrera would hire Clark three times at three different businesses in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and New York. At each stop along the way he worked with Clark and reinforced in him the importance of focusing on details.
After one year as a full-time employee at Oneida Air Systems, Clark made the decision to become a full-time student while working full-time. “Coming here at an older age made it more of a challenge to focus on everything but it’s also made succeeding more rewarding.”
While working as manufacturing manager at Oneida Air Systems, Clark is majoring in Business Administration. He is also a member of OCC’s student honor society, Phi Theta Kappa and is its vice president for leadership. He’ll graduate in December 2015 and plans to transfer to a four-year college and major in finance.