Dan Quackenbush came to OCC with a passion for films and computers and wound up earning degrees in both. Quackenbush graduated from Cicero-North Syracuse high school in 2014 and entered the College as an Electronic Media Communications (EMC) major. While earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average in EMC he also chose to pursue a degree in Computer Information Systems. “I enjoy doing film work but decided to shift focus. I’ll keep doing film work on the side but my priority is computer networking,” Quackenbush said.
While earning two degrees in two years Quackenbush achieved membership in international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and was named one of the College’s five recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. He also earned the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence, was Vice President of the Politics Club and received the Civic Engagement Recognition award in recognition of his more than 500 hours of volunteering during his time on campus.
In the fall Quackenbush will transfer to the Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) where he will major in Computer and Information Technologies. He’ll leave OCC with an appreciation for how the College helped him advance to R.I.T. “I can really see how what I learned here is going to help me tremendously in the future, not only at four-year schools but the basic knowledge I have picked picked up. It’s helped me with jobs and will continue to do so.”