Michele Perez

Michele Perez

For Michele “Mickey” Perez, the path to higher education has been anything but ordinary.

At the age of 16 she gave birth to her daughter; eventually earned her GED; and then an associate degree.

Perez has earned more than 10 honors and scholarships in her academic career, including the 2014 Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award.

Her Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) professors say she possesses uncommon ambition and leadership abilities. Perez has earned more than 10 honors and scholarships in her academic career, including the 2014 Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award.

Pursuing a B.S. in industrial technology, she took advantage of study abroad programs and investigated manufacturing processes in six countries— at facilities such as Porsche, Mercedes, and BMW. Those experiences helped inspire her to set a personal goal of working to bring back manufacturing to the United States.

On campus, she revived the once dormant student chapter and was president of CCSU’s Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering. Perez is enrolled in CCSU’s Technology Management Master’s Program and the Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma Certification to be completed this fall. She has recently accepted a job offer from Pratt & Whitney.

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