After graduating from high school, Ryan Klootwyk faced the age-old dilemma of choosing a career. “At 17 years old (I) did not know the answer to that essential question, ‘What do you want to go in to?’
“I chose to go to Muskegon Community College because it was a great way to earn college credits while working on, and figuring out myself,” confessed Klootwyk, who graduated from Reeths-Puffer High School in 2010.
While attending MCC, Ryan took a variety of classes while maintaining a job and social life. Two instructors stood out: Kurt Troutman (history) and Nicholas Budimir (sociology). “Both great guys in terms of creating an interesting class and engaging students,” said Klootwyk.
Eventually he found that his calling was business and in December of 2012 he earned his Associates degree from MCC. His next step was Central Michigan University where he received his BSBA in December of 2015; majoring in Business Management and minoring in Information Systems. In late 2015 Ryan began his career in the IT field at the headquarters of Consumer’s Energy in Jackson, MI.
“Muskegon Community College played an essential role in propelling me to get where I wanted to be,” said Klootwyk. “The time I spent there provided me an exceptional foundation for my path to success.”
Ryan comes from a family of MCC alumni, including his brother Reid and parents Ryan and Ronda.
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