Meet Cole Boonstra, a Pro-Tech: Manufacturing Technology major from North Haledon, New Jersey.
Why did you come to Dordt?
From my understanding, this is the only Christian college with a manufacturing program. In New Jersey, there are technical schools and whatnot, but you go there for a time and only walk out with a piece of paper that says you know how to do something. Here, you get a degree and employers would rather have that.
How was your Dordt visit?
It was good. We took a tour around campus, and I went to one of the internship spots when I was visiting the Pro-Tech program. It was nice to see what I would be learning before I came.
What are you enjoying about Dordt so far?
It's a new experience for me. I have been to the Midwest, because I have family out here, so I kind of knew what I was getting myself into, but it's a nice transition to get away from New Jersey for a while. The new experiences, the college experiences--I'm enjoying those so far. I like the Grille. (Laughter.)
How do you feel that your professors have engaged you?
Rather than having a classroom with a lot of students in it, there's only eight or nine people in my Pro-Tech class. You get to interact with the professors a lot more, and if you don't know something they'll come up to you and help you out. I really like that.
Is there anything about Dordt that surprised you?
Not really, no. I knew what I was expecting.
What would you say to someone back in New Jersey about Dordt and the pro-tech program?
It's definitely a good experience and lets you know about opportunities in the work world. You get the Christian education and the perspective of having a program that no other school really offers. It's different from anything you would learn from anywhere else.
Is there anything else that has stuck out to you about Dordt?
The community really wants you to get involved, no matter what you're doing. Whether it's activities going on in the dorms or chapel services or the clubs, which there are a lot of, or sports, they just want you get involved.