Kelly Reid

Kelly Reid, Applied Engineering Technology

Kelly Reid, Class of 2008, Applied Engineering Technology

Kelly Reid was enrolled in the DCTS Applied Engineering Program (AET) and graduated from Springfield High School in 2008. Kelly became interested in this field during high school and enjoyed science classes that were hands on – biology labs, chemistry labs, and the physics labs. “This program was great for me because it involved hands on activities,” she said, “I like to see how things work and know why they work that way.”

Through the AET program, Kelly learned Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD). Once a week, students went to the machine shop at Delaware County Community College to learn how to use various machines to design and produce different products.  Since this program requires attendance at a college campus, Kelly was able to transition to a college atmosphere earlier than most students.  “I got to experience a lot of things that I would not have done if I just stayed at Springfield High School (for the full day),” she said, “I used a high tech computer program, CADD, and actually got to draw things and then create a final product from my drawings in the machine shop.”

After graduation, she continued in DCCC’s AET program where she continues to build on her skills and knowledge. She is now in her last semester. “I had so many classes that I enjoyed.  I took more CADD classes, machine shop classes and now I am delving into why things work; the strength of materials and how they break, and understanding building stuctures.  I am graduating from the DCCC program and going to Drexel in 2010 to complete my bachelor’s degree.”

“The DCTS program helped me get a head start with college because I had earned college credits before I even graduated from high school,” Kelly said.  Prior to officially starting college, Kelly had already earned approximately 12 credits which is a semester of credits or about $2,500.  When she graduated high school she joined SME, Society of Manufacturing Engineers.  She said, “The College sent me scholarship information and I completed the paperwork. When I got home from vacation in July, I received a letter stating that I was awarded a $5000 national scholarship.  This was in addition to the scholarship that I got from Aston and from Boeing. I have not really paid anything for my schooling.”

She continued, “Being one of the only girls in this program led to more recognition. Sometimes girls do not choose this field because they are led towards more traditional female careers.  Parents tend to pick careers for their children.  You have to do what you think is right for you; it’s you who is going to be doing the job and going to school, not your parents.  If you dread attending college classes for your major then you should question why you chose that major.  Successful students enjoy what they do and look forward to learning.  Girls may get pushed away from engineering or technology degrees because of the large number of the men in the field.  It doesn’t mean a girl can not do it.  She may have to work hard and learn to not be intimidated if she is the only female in a class.  I think more women need to investigate careers in technology fields.”