Where can a policeman start a new career path to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor?
Clark College! It’s where an education makes a difference. Geoff Gillespie’s path to become an emergency room doctor started with taking sciences courses at Clark. “I just passed my Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and scored in the 93rd percentile,” said Gillespie, a Clark College graduate. “I believe strongly this is because of Clark.” Clark’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program allowed him the flexible schedule he needed and the affordable education he desired. Geoff is married with two children and is a full-time police officer, whose dream to become a doctor came later in life than most students on this same path. His ability to take chemistry, physics, calculus, and algebra classes at non-traditional times that fit his job schedule has enabled him to transfer to a four-year university. He will finish with a bachelor’s degree within three years of starting at Clark. “When I got to Clark I was surprised—yet pleased—to experience the demanding coursework, but even more amazed at how much support I got from faculty and staff,” he said. “My Clark education better prepared me for organic chemistry and other classes at the university than my peers who took all their science courses at the four-year school.” Geoff believes that Clark’s smaller class sizes and direct access to, and guidance from, faculty are the reason. Clark is challenged to keep this high quality education attainable as state budget cuts continue. “I wouldn’t be on this path to fulfilling a dream if it weren’t for the exceptional education from Clark,” said Gillespie. “And I recognize that it’s generous donors whose support of programs and scholarships make Clark truly our community’s college. Your gift today of $100 will help keep a Clark College education accessible, for all students looking to fulfill a dream.
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Clarkâ€™s engineering students are challenged to create various structures using ordinary materials. With it comes learning the importance of sound engineering. Fall 2010 Students designed, built, and tested the lightest crane that would hold the maximum weight required using only the materials from a phone book and a bonding agent. Winter 2011 Students designed to scale a concept prototype for rain energy conversion.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics classes at Clark College prepare students for The Next Step. Rigorous science courses allow students to learn through hands-on experiments; work on human cadavers in an anatomy lab; and watch as chemical reactions take place in front of them. Math students are challenged by professors to solve, interpret, deduce, and explain their solutions to difficult math problems.