July 18, 2016

After Nate Kruckeberg finished high school, he was unsure of the direction his life would take, so he decided to try Century College. In his first semester, Nate, a first-generation college student, realized his potential and earned a 4.0, and was hooked on the feeling of accomplishment.  

He continued to grow as a student and leader. Nate was invited to join Century College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a top 15 chapter in the world. He teamed up with other students and staff and became involved in community service and leadership activities at Century College, such as “Books for Africa” and ”Project Pillows”. “The people at Century are incredible,” Nate says.

In addition, Nate worked as a Student Ambassador, helping prospective students discover the benefits and value of an education at Century College, such as the diverse student body. Nate was especially appreciative of the experience of the non-traditional students in his classes. “You can learn so much from others with 20 years more experience than you have,” he observes.  

Nate started classes in Law Enforcement, gradually transitioning to Criminal Justice.  When he was ready to transfer to Metropolitan State University, he worked closely with the Century College Advising and Counseling staff.  He found the transfer process to be smooth, and all of his credits transferred.

Following the completion of his bachelor’s degree, Nate went on to get a Master’s Degree at Hamline University in non-profit management.

Currently, Nate is gaining valuable experience in his chosen career as a Youth Support Specialist at the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities. After several years, he still maintains his connections to Century College. “Being at Century was transformational to me,” he says. “I love Century with a passion.”

Learn more about transfer opportunities at Century College.