North Central College - Naperville, IL
Computer Science major

Chris Foes not only earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science at North Central College—he went on to earn a master’s degree in computer science at North Central as well. The day after presenting the oral defense of his thesis to professors, he boarded a plane for Los Angeles where he landed a job writing software for Opto-Knowledge Systems Inc. (OKSI), a research and development company that specializes in imaging technology. “The great thing about North Central is being able to have a personal relationship with your professors,” Chris says. “They get to know you—your strengths and weaknesses.” A transfer student from Annawan, Ill., Chris ran track at North Central, where he developed strong writing and communications skills. “The professors here emphasize the importance of communication,” he says. “You have to present a lot and be able to communicate your ideas to people. Employers are looking for people who can communicate well.”