After graduating high school in Colorado, Jon Silberhorn II earned an associate’s degree in electronics from a technical school in 1989. He worked for a company installing and repairing music equipment for about nine years and was transferred to St. Louis.
For the last 20 years, Jon worked various jobs in the St. Louis area, including the fields of food service, sales and management. For the last several years, Jon has thought about going back to school. A co-worker prodded him, “I think you could be doing so much more with your life.” Then Jon thought, ‘I want to do something right for my family.’
So 20 years after completing tech school, Jon came to SCC to see if he “had what it takes” to go back to college.
He enrolled in Introduction to Engineering at SCC in fall 2009. He was nervous about taking a class while balancing a full-time job, family (a wife and four kids) and everyone’s activities.
Jon earned an A in his first class and had a lot of fun in the process. The following semester he took three classes and loved every minute.
Jon said SCC made it simple for students who are spread very thin. “SCC is an affordable way for a returning learner like myself to come back to school and test the waters,” he said. “SCC made it easy for me to get back into the groove.”
Four classes later, Jon is still acing his coursework. He says it’s challenging, but he has fun, too. He’s able to accomplish his goals and better himself for his family.
“SCC is convenient and flexible enough for a student who is working full-time and also has to provide for a family,” Jon said.
He enrolled as a full-time student for the fall 2010 semester with plans to take most of his general education classes at SCC then transfer to the Missouri University of Science and Technology to earn a mechanical engineering degree. If all goes well, he may work toward a double major in mechanical and aerospace engineering.