Gary Gurcsik grew up in Sylvania, Ohio. After graduating from Northview High School in 1989, he attended a four-year university.
"I didn't know what I wanted to do and I felt like I was just going through the motions," said Gurcsik.
Eventually, he found a job with a local contractor and at the same time discovered his career path. He worked full time around his class schedule and discovered that he was interested in the civil engineering program.
After graduating with his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, he continued to work for a local contractor. He enjoyed his career and knew that if he continued his education, he would be even more marketable.
In 2001, he decided to earn his surveyors license. At that time, the nearest place that he was able to take the classes was in Lima.
In 2003, Owens Community College began their own accredited Surveying Technology program. The commute to Lima several times a week became too much for Gurcsik and he transferred to Owens. All of his classes transferred seamlessly.
"Owens has been a wonderful experience. All the professors are highly experienced in the field and they all have great technical expertise," said Gurcsik.
He has just a few classes to take before finishing the program at Owens. Once he has finished the course work, he will have a broad knowledge of the surveying discipline, including utilizing surveying instruments and software. He then is eligible to sit for the State Board Surveying Fundamentals Exam.
"The Faculty at Owens have gone above and beyond. I still call my professors when I need technical advice. I have built a personal relationship with them and they take pride in what they do," said Gurcsik.
Gurcsik is confident that this was the right decision for his career. He knows that Surveying plays an extremely important role in many branches of Engineering. He also expects it will open doors in the future for him.
He plans on staying in his current field and hopes this additional coursework will further his knowledge in the field and make him even better at his job. He will be spending his time after completing the program working on earning his field experience hours and preparing for the licensure exam.