Clint Lester, class of '13

Clint LesterClint Lester of Kendall, NY, knows that learning comes alive when knowledge is applied in real-world situations.

“Hypothetical scenarios in textbooks deprive people of the chance to experiment with what they know and to develop the confidence they need,” said Clint. “That’s why I am glad I chose Alfred State. This place is all about real-world learning and preparation.”

At Alfred State, the type of learning that Clint prefers is called “project-based learning”, a method of instruction that is imbedded across all curriculums.

Last fall, Clint realized just how valuable project-based learning can be when he interned full-time in Alfred State’s Technology Services Department.

“Without a doubt, my internship has been the most eye-opening experience of my college career,” said Clint. “No one really knows what they are capable of until they produce it in a real-world situation.”

As an intern, Clint put his software application and development skills to work; he produced Drupal content and worked on programming applications.

“I was able to test my skills in real situations, make contributions, and actually feel like part of the team because I was part of the team,” said Clint.

During his four years at Alfred State, Clint has sought out many other hands-on learning opportunities on his own such as helping local organizations like the Allegany Historical Society build and develop their websites.

Clint is set to graduate this spring with a bachelor’s degree in information technology: web development and he says he knows he has developed a level of confidence in his skills at Alfred State that will set him apart in the workplace. After graduation, Clint wants to start his career in data administration with a large company in North Carolina or California.