Jose Santiago has learned the value of an OCC degree. After graduating from Syracuse’s Fowler High School in 2008 he continued his education at a four-year college. Santiago earned a bachelor’s in mathematics, struggled to find work and pondered his future. “Pursuing a master’s degree was going to be too expensive. I figured an associate degree would give me a better chance in the job market.”
Santiago came to OCC where he will graduate in May 2015 as one of the top students in the Electrical Engineering Technology major. “I’ve had a great time here. I enjoy the small class sizes. The professors are always willing to help. Teacher assistance is very important in my major.”
Eleven years after moving from Puerto Rico to Central New York with his mother and brother Santiago’s future is looking bright. A summer internship with the Microwave Filter Company in East Syracuse turned into a part-time job during the school year. His goal is to work full-time as a technician or in manufacturing after he graduates.