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Meet Delta's Big Thinkers

There's a story behind every big thinker.

Every student that walks through Delta's doors has a unique path that brought them here. Check out some of the stories behind our big thinkers and how Delta has helped them along the way. 

Sean Kohn

Sean returned to Delta for a fresh start. He found the perfect fit in the electrician program, receiving his associate degree with optimism about the fields he can pivot to.
See Sean's story.

Olivia Rechsteiner

While Olivia may have come to Delta College to kickstart her education, she found something more – a sense of community.
See Olivia's story.

 Brittani Thornton

Brittani was working full time and thinking about starting college during a global pandemic; she needed options, and Delta is all about options.
See Brittani's story.

Deandre Carter

Deandre has a lot of business ideas, which is why he’s pursuing a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship. The alumnus sees endless possibilities.
See Deandre's story.

Jennifer Lemmer With a family and a full-time job, Jennifer found success (and time) in getting her degree in nursing at Delta. She even discovered a passion for teaching in the process.

See Jennifer's story.

Jennifer Lemmer Before they met and got married, Jeremy and Christine attended Delta College as single parents with full-time jobs. Today, they both work for Dow.

See Christine and Jeremy's story.

Brian Kuch

After attending a four-year university, Brian realized it wasn’t for him. He found a job in construction management and decided to advance his career by giving college another try.
See Brian's story.

Chris Galan After years of working in construction, Chris was ready to take his career to the next level. At the age of 32, he enrolled in the residential construction program and hasn’t looked back.

See Chris's story.

Fatimah Kahn

In between high school classes and running a successful baking company, Fatimah is preparing for college life by dual enrolling at Delta. 
See Fatimah's story.

David Ross David, a 2019 graduate, worked in banking for several years before finding his calling in healthcare. The registered nurse now works for Covenant HealthCare and volunteers for the Covid-19 vaccine clinic at Delta. 

See David's story.

Katlin EscamillaDelta College graduate Katlin wants to take care of Earth, so she’s setting her sights on a career in renewable energy. Her dream job is to work for a wind energy farm, where she can make an impact now and in the future. 

See Katlin's story.

Olivia Distelrath

When the pandemic happened, high school student Olivia realized that the show must go on, so she decided to dual enroll at Delta. 
See Olivia's story.

Adam Coenis

From a young age, Adam Coenis had an interest in helping people.
See Adam's story.

Jaden Pavlawk Office life is not for Jaden Pavlawk. After taking a skilled trades class in high school, he decided he wanted to find a career that would allow him to work with his hands to build things.

See Jaden's story.

Michael Ceja Michael Ceja, from Alma, knew about Delta College from a very young age.

See Michael's story.

Tania RansomTania Ransom said caring for her critically ill grandfather — with whom she was close — is the reason she chose to pursue a nursing degree at Delta College.

See Tania's story.

Breanne Steep As a construction manager, Breanne has been involved in lots of building projects. But the most important foundation in her career was laid at Delta.

See Breanne's story.

Joe Thornton Economics have long fascinated Joe. He found the low-cost investment of attending Delta is going to yield high returns on his future.

See Joe's story.

Kimberly Wegrzyn Kimberly had a lot going on when she decided to return to college. Delta fit in with her family and work obligations perfectly, and now she’s on her way to fulfilling a longtime dream.

See Kimberly's story.

Monica Corriveau Monica knew she had to go back to college to advance her career. Delta helped her find her comfort zone and now she is excited about a future as an accountant.

See Monica's story.

Stacie Fishtorn After attending two universities, Stacie came to Delta and discovered a sense of family as she pursued a nursing degree.

See Stacie's story.

Cecilia Olvera Looking to fulfill a desire to help people, Cecilia came to Delta to pursue a degree in criminal justice and found so much more.

See Cecilia's story.

McKenna Fluder McKenna found that at Delta she was able to balance pursuing a nursing degree with her love for playing soccer.

See McKenna's story.

Emily Gold When Emily's schedule wasn’t full her senior year of high school, she dual enrolled at Delta. Now she is one step closer to her future career.

See Emily's story.

Anthony Niemiec Anthony’s love of kids, coaching and community is leading him toward a career in teaching.

See Anthony's story.

Brandon Brackett After two unsuccessful starts, Brandon is finding Delta to be the perfect place to work on his game and his career.

See Brandon's story.

Adam VanSickleAdam didn’t always see construction in his future. After serving our country he decided to follow another dream.

See Adam's story.

Josie Norris Josie came to Delta unsure of her future. But, after landing a job with the student newspaper she knew exactly what she wanted to do.

See Josie's story.

Connie FrenchA student who changed her field of study a couple of times, Connie discovered her passion at Delta, along with a community that helped her succeed.

See Connie's story.

Casaundra PerryCasaundra took her experience and passion in a new direction as a Physical Therapist Assistant. 

See Casaundra's story.

Abby FrisbieDelta’s online business management degree is helping working mom, Abby, take the next step in her career.

See Abby's story.

Kimberly WahlAlready equipped with an impressive educational resume, Kimberly returned to school and chose Delta to help her learn new skills and open new opportunities.

See Kim's story.

Thomas Holubik

Thomas has a passion for the mechanical world and a desire to learn new employability skills.
See Thomas's story.

Sandi BrabawSandi discovered a hidden passion as she returned to Delta to learn how to build websites for her business.

See Sandi's story.

Robert LoganWith a bachelor’s degree from MSU in hand, Robert returned to school for his job and learned the advantages of going to a community college.

See Robert's story.

Meagan LepienInspired by her children and love of HGTV, Meagan decided it was time to ditch her restaurant career and build a new one in construction.

See Meagan's story.

Joseph Breen

Joseph took a break after high school. Working as a pipefitter, he discovered his ability for drafting and designing. He is now at Delta studying mechanical engineering.
See Joseph's story.

James Lannin

It took a few years, but after attending Delta as a dual-enrolled student his senior year of high school, James returned to discover his future career in pharmacy.
See James's story.

Sam Rechsteiner

While originally planning to go to art school, that all changed for Sam when he took a calculus class in his senior year of high school.
See Sam's story.

Hanna Gates

Inspired by her mom’s struggles with respiratory illnesses, Hanna is at Delta studying respiratory care and wanting to make a difference.
See Hanna's story.

Reanna Hecht

ReAnna grew up in the Thumb, surrounded by livestock and miles of crop fields. ReAnna’s plan for the future is to manage her own dairy farm.
See ReAnna's story.

Logan Searfoss

Growing up around a family-owned machining business gave Logan a passion for design and manufacturing. At Delta, he’s gaining high-tech skills he can use back at the shop.
See Logan's story.

Aleisha Jones

Aleisha’s mother is a nurse, so she thought she’d be one too. But then she realized that teaching was another way of helping people.
See Aleisha's story.

Jessica Sherwood

Jessica thinks everyone should enjoy going to the dentist – just like she does. Training as a dental assistant, she’s getting the skills she needs to give people great experiences.
See Jessica's story.

Julian Winchell

Julian was thinking about a career in the medical field, but didn’t like the “gory” stuff. His love of chemistry and problem-solving has focused him on the pharmacy field.
See Julian's story.

Jessica Sierocki

Jessica used an opportunity with Delta’s student-run newspaper to become more outgoing. It’s preparing her to work in the service-oriented field of hospitality management.
See Jessica's story.

Jessica Fehrman

Jessica came to Delta College thinking it was just a stepping stone to a stable career. But she discovered so much more.
See Jessica's story.

Clinton Keene

Clinton has used on-campus opportunities to become more outgoing and succeed in his criminal justice program. He’s also built his skills in the Army National Guard.
See Clinton's story.

Justine Braeutigam

Justine bounced back after struggling in her first nursing program and found the perfect fit at Delta College.
See Justine's story.

Heather Radick

After years in an office setting, Heather boldly set out to do what made her happy. She’s now at Delta, training to be an electrician. 
See Heather's story.

Dustin Robinson

A tennis-teaching pro after high school, Dustin decided he wanted to “serve” in a different way. He came to Delta to start a career in criminal justice. 
See Dustin's story.

Estefan CervantesWhen Estefan built a computer for gaming, he didn’t realize it would lead to a career battling real-life villains – criminal hackers and identity thieves.

See Estefan's story.

Nathan Keech

With a passion for working on automobiles, Nathan found the perfect opportunity – Delta’s GM Automotive Service Education Program.
See Nathan's story.


Graduation Cap

1,224 students earned a degree or certificate in the 2018-2019 academic year

94 percent

94% of Delta College students said they would recommend Delta to a friend.

one in four

1 in 4 area high school students chose Delta last year.