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Electronics program offered freedom to explore

Joel Krawczyk

One of the best features of RCC’s Electronics Technology program, says Joel Krawczyk, is how enthusiastic and dedicated the instructors are about their field.

“When you’re doing your project, the teachers are just as excited as you are. It’s a really cool feeling,” he said.

Krawczyk, who graduated in 2012 with an associate’s degree in electronics technology and a 3.8 GPA, was hired straightaway as an electrical engineer with Linx Technologies.

As part of his training at RCC, Krawczyk did a Cooperative Work Experience placement or internship at Linx and then received a job offer.

The company’s headquarters are located in a custom-built, high-tech facility in Merlin that would look at home in Silicone Valley. The firm develops and manufactures modules and accessories to allow design engineers to easily implement wireless functionality into their product.

“I definitely recommend the RCC program for anyone who has a passion for electronics. The teachers encourage you to go as far as you can,” Krawczyk noted. “I’d also recommend it for someone who’s not sure what they want to do because a lot of the first-year classes are fun, and you get right into hands-on experiences,” he explained. “So you can see what a career in an electronics field looks and feels like.”

A Grants Pass High School graduate, Krawczyk worked in copier machine repair and then served in Iraq with the Oregon Army National Guard before coming to Rogue.

“RCC was a good opportunity for me post-deployment,” he said. “I already had my foot in the door with electronics as my military training and job were in electronics. This was an opportunity to get more schooling in that direction with my GI Education Bill.”

Krawczyk said that another strong point of RCC’s Electronics Technology program are the open labs.

“You can come at times that work best for you and work at your own pace,” he said. “They give you a lot of freedom to explore all the things that go into electronics.”

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