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Andrea McGee - Moving Up The Ladder

After working as an electrician, Andrea McGee came back to Columbus State to get a degree in Construction Management. She tells her Columbus State story in her own words.

I first started at Columbus State because I was physically tired of performing in my career as an electrician. I did it all here at school: enrolled, scheduled, dropped, paid back financial aid, took online classes, and took regular classes on the main campus and at the Westerville location.

Sometimes I was laid off, and could concentrate on my studies. Other times I would be working. Occasionally, I worked on overtime projects.

During one period, I landed an internship in the management field through the job board in the Construction Management office with an electrical contractor that I had worked in the field for as an electrician. Now that I have twenty years of construction under my belt, I have enhanced that with an associate degree in Construction Management.

I am now working as an intern for Gilbane Building Company on the Pickerington Local Schools project. My experience helped land my dream job, but my education sealed the deal. Dean Bortz and Dave Busch have been the best influence to my career goals. They are hands- on construction professionals, that have my admiration and respect.

Next, Andrea plans to get a bachelor’s degree in Applied Management from Franklin University and maybe start her own electrical contracting firm.