When John McCracken graduated with a mechanical engineering concentration degree from PCC in 2009, a struggling economy made finding a job difficult. “God has opened doors as I have tried to do the next right thing and trust Him. It wasn’t easy or anything that happened overnight—it took a lot of faith, hard work, and dedication. It still does.”
After graduation, John worked at Pratt and Whitney, an aerospace engineering corporation. Then he decided to enhance his career by pursuing a master of engineering management at the University of Louisville while still working full time.
At first, John was apprehensive because he had been out of school for several years. “I wasn’t sure how I would compare to my peers from other institutions,” he said. “I quickly learned that I had received a very strong and well–rounded foundation at PCC.”
John gained confirmation of his solid undergrad education when he finished first in his class and graduated summa cum laude. “The experience made me thankful not only for the biblical worldview I received while attending PCC, but also the quality and standards of the academics,” he said.
Currently, John works as a continuous improvement manager at Packsize, an on–demand packaging company, one of the fastest–growing companies in North America. “My position is about making data–driven decisions to increase our effectiveness and efficiency both with our employees and customers,” he said.
Aside from what he learned in engineering classes, John says the most valuable training he received at PCC was in time management. “Doing things right the first time is extremely important in an innovative environment,” John said. “The ability to lead, effectively communicate, and manage multiple tasks simultaneously is key in my position. I stayed very busy at PCC with my classes, but also had many other opportunities to play sports, work on campus, make friends, serve in leadership positions, and get involved with Christian service groups.”
Looking back, John is grateful for the way God has led him. “The best advice I ever received was, when presented with options, always take the one that draws you closer to Him.”