Alumni Spotlight: Success Stories

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The College of Applied Science and Technology takes science and research and asks how we can apply it to our world and society. It develops our knowledge of STEM into real-world applications and technology to enhance our way of life and to better our community. --Dale Gaarenstroom

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Mr. Gaarenstroom is working on a degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) with a certificate in Geographic Information Systems. He grew up in Warren, Michigan, went to Michigan State University before transferring to The University of Akron, and served five years in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Sniper. He's involved with the UA Mens Club Soccer team, International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Omicron Delta Kappa, and Campus Focus.

During his studies at CAST, he traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, with Dr. Stacey Willett (EMHS program director) and other students to participate in the Department of Homeland Security's National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education, as well as working with fellow University of Akron and EMHS alumni David Nunley on a state project for the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.

After graduation, he hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career in epidemiology or international disaster response. "I would truly love to work for the Center for Disease Control, USAID, or NASA," he stated.

Mr. Gaarenstroom shared this advice for current and potential CAST students: "Take every opportunity and utilize every resource while you can. And no matter what life throws your way, never quit. Never stop reaching for your dream. Resiliency is something that cannot be taught in a book. It comes from a deep commitment of never giving up; of picking yourself back up every time you fail; of learning from your mistakes and growing through adversity; of never letting anyone else tell you what you can or cannot do."