SCC Student is Seventh Breaking Traditions Award Winner in a Row for Computer-Aided Drafting Program

May 30, 2012

St. Charles Community College student Patricia Probst, 33, was selected as a regional winner of the Missouri Breaking Traditions Award. This is the seventh year in a row a student from the SCC computer-aided drafting (CAD) program has won the award, and Probst represents SCC’s third regional winner in just seven years. Probst, of O’Fallon, Mo., is taking classes toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in computer-aided drafting (CAD) with an architecture emphasis.

SCC Student Is Seventh Breaking Traditions Award Winner in a Row for Computer-Aided Drafting Program

SCC student Patricia Probst, of O’Fallon, Mo., was selected as a regional winner of the Missouri Breaking Traditions Award.

Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Center for Career Education, the Missouri Breaking Traditions Awards honor students in nontraditional career and technical education programs. Nontraditional students are defined as those studying for careers traditionally chosen by the opposite gender (individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in that occupation or field). 
Career centers, public two-year colleges and comprehensive high schools can nominate a single student from each nontraditional program. A panel of judges chooses winners from eight regions and two districts in the state, and these finalists then compete for state awards.

Originally from Brazil, Probst is currently a software programmer for SyllogisTeks. She has a computer science degree from Brazil, but she has always been interested in interior design and architecture. She moved to the United States in 2005 to marry her husband, and she became an American citizen in 2010, the same year she decided to go back to school.

“I’d heard about the CAD program at SCC and decided to give it a try since I’ve worked with AutoCAD before and liked it,” Probst said. “I thought it would be a great way to get into the architecture field.”

David Niermann, SCC associate professor of pre-engineering and computer-aided drafting, nominated Probst for the award. “With a perfect 4.0 GPA, Patricia is our best example of a high performing drafting student,” said Niermann. “She has truly absorbed as much as possible from her experiences, taking the challenges of non-traditional learning and transforming them into advantages.”

For more information on the Missouri Breaking Traditions Awards, visit For more information on SCC’s Computer-Aided Drafting program, contact Niermann at 636-922-8561 or

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