Kristen Nygaard


Kristen Nygaard, a Kershaw native, graduated from Lugoff-Elgin High School in 2016. She has been at Central Carolina Technical College since Fall of 2016. She is currently working toward an Engineering Design Technology Associate Degree in Applied Science and plans to graduate in May of 2018.

“I chose CCTC because the Engineering Design Technology program allows me to experience a broad spectrum of all the different career possibilities. Other schools didn’t offer that opportunity and I would have only been able to focus on one specific field. I wanted to gain experience in all fields pertaining to this program and not be restricted to just one,” says Kristen. Her most exciting experience at CCTC has been collobarating on class projects with Caterpillar Inc. “The projects that we’ve done with Caterpillar Inc. have given me experiences that I wouldn’t have received at any other school.”

Last February, Kristen started an internship at Molecular Bond Superabrasives in Columbia. She has also interviewed for a position with Nucor and is hoping to gain employment there once she graduates.

Her advice to anyone looking for educational opportunities in the Engineering Design Technology program at CCTC is “Go for it! If you’re wanting to experience a good program, this is one to consider. The support and knowledge from your instructor is top priority and it’s expressed greatly here.”