Dunwoody student credits YCAP for his bright future

Aneyso Tahir will graduate with an Automated Systems & Robotics degree in May and keep the job he landed earlier this year at Honeywell.

Aneyso Tahir won’t receive his degree until May, but his Dunwoody education has already landed him a career in the tactical guidance arena.

Tahir, who is finishing up his Associate of Applied Science degree in Automated Systems & Robotics this spring, was recently hired as an electro-mechanical technician for Honeywell.

In his new position, Tahir is working with gyroscopes, which are used in navigation systems for manned and unmanned aircrafts.

“It’s really interesting,” Tahir said, adding that Honeywell was one of his top two picks for employers.

It’s also an opportunity he credits YCAP—Dunwoody’s Youth Career Awareness Program—in helping him find.

Deciding Dunwoody

A hands-on learner, Tahir became interested in electronics after taking a class in high school, but it wasn’t until his senior year that Dunwoody became an option.

Tahir learned about YCAP after attending a Dunwoody’s Open House. And the program—which included a 6-week summer college prep camp that introduced students to different technical career paths— was exactly what Tahir was looking for.

“When I got accepted into YCAP, it was a turning point for me,” Tahir said.

Born in Kenya, Tahir moved to America with his family when he was in the second grade. He explained his family came to this Country for more opportunities and a better life. They also stressed the importance of education and encouraged Tahir to earn a college degree.

Tahir had always been a good student and after attending the college prep camp, he knew that Dunwoody’s focused and active learning environment was right for him.

The right fit

“What I’ve liked about Dunwoody is how they prepare you for your career,” he said. “And once you graduate, you are ready to start working.”

Tahir also appreciates the college’s rigorous curriculum.

“While I was in high school some of my older friends were attending college and taking their generals,” Tahir recalls. “They had so much time on their hands. I thought, you shouldn’t have this much free time if you are in college!”

To his enjoyment, free time is something Tahir doesn’t have much of these days. But when he isn’t attending class or working fulltime, you can find Tahir playing soccer with his friends.

Tahir believes that YCAP helped give him the tools he needed to succeed during his college career at Dunwoody. Not only did the Camp allow him to get acquainted with his instructors and other students, he explained, but it also helped him find a career path that fit his skills and passions.

“This is my chance, and I’ve been given a head start,” Tahir said about his Dunwoody education.

YCAP is still accepting applications for Summer 2018. Learn more.