When Grace Houser graduated from Purdue University North Central, she had a plan for her future. A Business major, with a concentration in Management, she was ready to step into a career with Menards. As a PNC student, she completed the Menards internship program and upon graduation was ready for the Manager Trainee program. As a new graduate, she looked forward to “pursuing any opportunities with the company that follow.”
As a PNC student, Houser knew that she had many program options available to her. She is happy that she chose to major in Business.
“Business incorporates human resources, marketing, and economics. These three subjects have always interested me,” she explained. “I enjoy the versatility and opportunities my degree provides.”
She also has confidence that her education has prepared her for the challenges ahead.
“PNC offered me very diverse and pertinent courses. With my Business degree I took courses in marketing, finance, accounting, international business and many more,” she continued. “In pursuing my minor, I took many human resource and English courses, which broadened my education. Through joining various clubs and holding officers’ positions, I learned to lead effectively and found my own leadership style.”
As a student, Houser was involved with Student Government for three years, was a member of Dean’s Leadership Group and the Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar. She was part of a group of PNC students who gave up a school break to travel to West Virginia to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. And she worked in the Dean of Students Office.
When she wasn’t on campus, she enjoyed helping out at church.
“I taught Sunday School, confirmation, assisted with the youth group and have been a lector,” she recalled. “I enjoy working with kids, so these have been wonderful opportunities for me.”
Houser is quick to recognize that she always had the backing of those closest to her.
“I had a great support system throughout my whole college career. My parents, fiancé and friends always encouraged me and would listen to me when I needed support. I also had the support of many wonderful professors.
“Dr. Samuel Rohr, (assistant professor of Human Resources) made a lasting impact on my college career,” she continued. “He sparked my interest in Human Resources, which led to me switching my minor. Within his two classes I learned a lot. Even after taking his classes, he asked about my future plans and offered help in any way.”
An internship that started when Houser was a student really opened her eyes.
“During my internship at Menards, I was assigned to the plumbing department. Surprisingly it led to some of my best management education,” she said.
Perhaps her fondest PNC memory is the various events that take place during “Pride Week” – a week set aside to help introduce students to PNC, its academics, athletics and activities. “While each year it is different, Pride Week brings students together to have fun together. I saw the greatest example of this at Homecoming. It was so fun to hang out with students from different organizations and play games together and watch a firework show at night.”
Houser is not shy about her affection for PNC. “It’s a great campus with a lot to offer. My professors were very passionate about their respective subjects and integrate so many experiences into their classes. My advice to incoming students would be to get involved. Though involvement you will gain valuable relationships and opportunities to network with professional individuals.”