The Class of 2013 is going places
The Delaware Valley College Class of 2013 is going places. Armed with a great education and hands-on experience, many graduates of the Class of 2013 have already gained employment with respected institutions or, are going on to graduate school. These success stories are molded through hard work, teacher engagement, and DelVal experiences.
Some of the places members of our graduating class will be working include: Animal Medical Center, Beach View Farms, Cape May County Park & Zoo, Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Crop Quest, Elmwood Park Zoo, Environmental Quality Resources, LAMPIRE Biological Laboratories, Lehigh Valley Zoo, Merion Golf Club (scheduled to host the 2013 U.S. Open), Merrill Lynch, MetLife, Nashville Zoo, National Institute of Health (for SoBran), the Penn State Extension, Turtle Back Zoo, Versant Strategies, and Zoo America.
Members of the class of 2013 have also been accepted into graduate programs at institutions such as: Delaware Valley College, DeSales University, Immaculata University, Kutztown University, Lehigh University, Life University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (MSPHS), Millersville University, National K-9 Learning Center, Rowan University, Rutgers University, Stony Brook University, Temple University College of Science & Technology, The Ohio State University, University of Kentucky, University of Maine and Villanova University.
Meet a few of the members of the class of 2013 who will be entering their fields:
Jason West '13, business
Jason West, a business student, has accepted a full-time position as a financial advisor with Prudential. He will be working with clients helping them plan for retirement and other goals. West found out about the position at a DelVal career fair on campus and is excited to start. He said the business program prepared him for the field he is about to enter.
“I learned a lot of information in my classes that prepared me for what I wanted to do,” said West.
He said the College’s requirement to get experience in his field also helped motivate him to intern. West completed internships with New York Life and Abington Hospital as an undergraduate, which helped him stand out.
Devin Cunningham ’13, livestock science and dairy science
Cunningham has accepted a permanent full-time position working for the Penn State Extension as an educator. She will be working with children ages 8 through 18 in the 4-H program in Delaware County, Pa.
She was recommended by the Bucks County 4-H program for the position.
“My DelVal education prepared me for the position,” said Cunningham. “I got a lot of hands-on experience and formed really good connections with the professors. If I run into any issues I know they’ll help me.”
Austin Sellers ’13, environmental biology
After he leaves DelVal, Sellers will be traveling all over the country to make sure locations are meeting Environmental Protection Agency standards. He has accepted a full-time position with Leggett & Platt as a corporate environmental auditor. Sellers said the courses he took on sustainability at DelVal were pretty helpful. He also said the faculty in the biology department cared about seeing him succeed.
“The biology department always helped me out whenever I needed it,” said Sellers. “I’m really excited to start my new position and happy that I got a job right out of school.”
Adrienne Liszkiewicz ’13, zoo science
Adrienne Liszkiewicz has been offered a full-time position with Cape May County Park & Zoo. She also had an offer from an Arizona zoo, but chose to accept the one in Cape May County.
She spent summers vacationing in Wildwood, N.J., every year and heard about the zoo that way.
“The zoo science program is the reason I wanted to come to DelVal,” said Liszkiewicz, who started volunteering at the Philadelphia Zoo at 14. “DelVal has a reputation for its animal studies, that’s why I picked the school. Classes were fun. I liked Animal Training and Enrichment and I’m applying what I learned training animals. The classes are top-notch.”