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July 16, 2009
Smithville native Keath Coleman came to Northwest in 2004 to play college baseball, but he ended up finding his most valuable success in the classroom, not on the diamond.
After his first season Coleman decided baseball wasn't for him, and he began to wonder if he'd made the right decision in becoming a Bearcat. After a semester at a community college, however, he realized that Northwest was the place he belonged.
Upon returning to Maryville, Coleman was still feeling restless and grew uncomfortable with his choice of a major field of study. After bouncing around a bit between various academic options, he finally settled on management information systems and never looked back. Earning his degree in 2009, Coleman is now an up-and-coming employee with the Kansas City Board of Trade.
"I was hired by KCBT as a Systems Administrator," Coleman said. "I implement and maintain the technical architecture that supports their core business functions."
Landing a job with a company as well known as KCBT straight out of college is quite an accomplishment, especially in tough economic times, and Coleman said he owes a debt of gratitude to Northwest for helping him prepare for professional success.
"Due to the current economic conditions, it was very challenging to have a job lined up prior to graduation. However, I was one of the lucky ones. The company contacted a Northwest faculty member for a recommendation for a student to fill a position," Coleman said.
"I stress to current students that it is very important to establish a relationship with instructors, because you never know when one of them might get that call, and when they do, you want your name to stand out.
More than anything, Coleman said, it was the expertise and dedication of Northwest's faculty that allowed him to jumpstart his career after graduation.
"Northwest taught me how to learn, how to think and how to solve problems," he said. "I appreciate the faculty and staff and their willingness to help. I cannot explain how much I appreciated my instructors throughout my career at Northwest. My hat goes off to them."
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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