Efficiency is integral to the field of engineering. It can apply to engineering studies, too. Josiah Cruikshank will already be deep into his college experience when he graduates from high school in 2019. As a student in the Baker Early College program, Cruikshank is busy achieving both his diploma and an associate degree simultaneously, compiling credits as a full-time COCC student.
Coming from a home-schooled background, Cruikshank got his first taste of COCC through the College's annual High School Math Contest, where he participated on the Mountain View team—they took first place that year—and got to see the campus up close. Soon, he was immersed in studies at the College, where he says coursework in physics, chemistry and German language have been particularly interesting.
"Everyone's so friendly," he says of his time at COCC. "You can't really sit in the back of a class and be 'nobody.' COCC has helped foster that in a big way."
Maintaining a 4.0 grade point average at the College, Cruikshank was chosen as one of four students to represent COCC on the 2019 All-Oregon Academic Team. Outside of his studies, he serves as the Bend chapter vice president for the National FFA Organization, where science and leadership-building go hand in hand.
Cruikshank's aim is to continue his engineering path at Colorado State University, with career aspirations in the field of mechanical engineering. "Aerospace seems intriguing," he says with a quick smile.