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Dennis Pragel ’07

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Dennis Pragel ’07
Grand Atlas RRT
Senior Property Manager

What three words best describe who and what you are?
Honest. Loyal. Motivated.

What inspired you to earn your college degree? What was your “moment”?
My children were in High School deciding on where to go to college.

Why did you choose to attend ESC?
Went to an open house. Was introduced to FORUM and was sold. The staff was inviting and the way the school was run made the decision easy. I was learning with others in my age group and working full-time. The faculty were not only book smart but they actually lived what they were teaching.

Who supported and encouraged you along the way?
My wife and children. Even my mom was supportive. I was 50 when I finished.

What, if any, obstacles did you overcome?
You have to be organized in order to get the work done and on time. Once you come up with a plan, it all seemed to work.

What advice would you give to a prospective ESC student?
Be committed and organized. I tried 20 years prior and was only able to get one class under my belt. I had just become a parent and there just wasn’t enough of me to go around.

How has your experience at ESC changed your life since graduation?
The degree opened many doors and gives you the confidence and security of knowing if things change in your career, you can move on.

Anything else you would like to share?
What a great alternative to those that weren’t ready to complete a degree program in the traditional way.