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Meet Joshua Collier

With Joshua’s love of math, science and robotics, his sights are set on a degree in mechanical engineering.

As a young adult, Joshua always enjoyed math and science and wanted a degree that involved both subjects. Joshua also had an affinity towards robotics and knew that he would like to work with them. Because of his desire to combine all three, Joshua chose mechanical engineering for technology. As an aspiring engineer, Joshua wanted to attend Purdue University once he graduated high school. However, after comparing location, costs, quality, and time efficiency, Joshua decided to start his higher education career at Ivy Tech and to then finish at Purdue University. Additionally, since he was born and raised in Richmond, the drive was convenient, and he could save on living costs by staying at home.

When asked what his favorite aspects of Ivy Tech were, he answered that one is its eight-week courses option. Joshua can split classes up in a way that works best for him. He is also thankful for the incredible support and understanding his professors have provided him, especially Professor Patrick Piper. “Professor Piper teaches a lot of engineering classes and has always been willing to help, even if I don’t understand the material right away. It’s comforting to know my instructors have my back and are there to help me succeed,” said Joshua.

Joshua has also been impressed by the hands-on experience he has received inside the classroom. According to him, one of the best experiences he has had so far came in his main engineering 101 class. The students were instructed to build a robot that could pick up a ball and then race the other robots. Joshua said, “students were able to make circuits and program the robots themselves, which was really helpful for a visual learner like me.”

Another significant benefit of attending the Ivy Tech in Richmond is having access to the many factories located in the area. Joshua stated that several professors have relationships with companies, such as Power and Light and the Primex Plastics Corporation, and receive calls from employers requesting interns, which is a great way for students to get connected to future employment opportunities.

After almost a year and a half of being an Ivy Tech student, Joshua does not regret the decision for a minute. He is happy that he has been able to save money and to grow his knowledge of engineering, all while earning his associate degree through the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science. Upon graduation in May 2023, Joshua plans to finish his undergraduate career at Purdue and to earn his Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering. He is excited to utilize the skills that he has learned at Ivy Tech and to eventually work in a field he loves.


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