Majors: Business Economics and Sociology
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
Program Mentor: Carol Wickersham, Adjunct Instructor of Sociology and Director of the Duffy Community Partnerships and the Leadership Initiative
Duffy Site: NeighborWorks Blackhawk Region
Joy Bosco, Executive Director at NeighborWorks Blackhawk Region
Scott Reichard, Operations Manager at NeighborWorks Blackhawk Region
Share a little bit about your experience in the Duffy Community Partnership program.
I have been working at NeighborWorks Blackhawk Region for two semesters, and I have been asked to undertake two significant projects. When I started at NeighborWorks Blackhawk Region, I was asked to lead the Community Impact Measurements survey. This involved surveying a portion of the Hackett neighborhood in the near west side of Beloit. Along with the Community Impact Measurements survey, I was asked to complete the block observation portion of the assessment. During my time working on this project, I gained useful research method and market research experience. Through both parts of the assessment, I have also done a lot of work connecting NeighborWorks with Beloit College, specifically using college students as volunteers.
How has your work through the Duffy Community Partnerships program informed your vision for the future of your education?
During my time at NeighborWorks, I have learned a lot about the history of Beloit. Through conversations with my advisor, I was intrigued to learn about Fairbanks Morse, an organization located in Beloit, and how this company maintained its business in the past several decades when many of the other staples of Beloit's business community went out of business. I applied in the late spring of this year for an internship at Fairbanks Morse. I was accepted and spent this past summer with Fairbanks Morse working in project management. I absolutely loved this opportunity and I hope to return to a full time position upon graduation.
What have you found most interesting about the Duffy program?
Through my work in the Duffy program with NeighborWorks Blackhawk Region, I have learned a great deal about the housing market of Beloit. It has been a very rewarding experience and I hope to continue to stay involved in the housing market of Beloit with NeighborWorks after I complete my internship.
After completing your program, what are you looking forward to most?
Within the next year, I am planning on finishing my last two semesters at Beloit College, going on to graduate in May of 2018. I have enjoyed my time as a student on campus and in the community, and will be looking forward to staying in the area and hopefully continuing my work in project management at Fairbanks Morse after obtaining my degree.