After high school, Jeffrey Kesterson served in the U.S. Air
Force for eight years. He then went to work in the retail industry. After 17
years, he faced layoff, as many did, in the down economy.
Jeffrey turned his loss of a job into an opportunity to
change careers and return to college. He enrolled in Clackamas’ manufacturing
program and excelled in school. He was president of Phi Theta Kappa Honor
Society for two years, maintained an 4.0 gpa, and was honored with several
academic scholarships. He was also
honored in Salem at the 2013 All Oregon Academic Team event with Gov. John
Kitzhaber as one of two CCC students, and among 39 outstanding scholars from
Oregon’s 17 community colleges.
Jeff is the first person in his family to earn a college
degree. He earned a dual degree in
CAD/CAM technology and manufacturing technology from CCC, and recently started
an internship position as a machinist with Boeing.
Jeffrey will attend Oregon Tech in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s
degree in technology and business operations.