Student veteran wins scholarship


A private scholarship is helping a Southwestern Illinois College student move up the professional ladder.

Construction Management Technology student Adam Sinn of Freeburg recently received the $1,500 Garland E. Whitworth Memorial Scholarship from the Southern Illinois Builders Association, Safety and Crime Committee Scholarship Subcommittee and the Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program.

Sinn had been in construction before deciding to change careers and move into management. He earned the scholarship by competing against other students from the area in an essay-writing contest.

"I've been in construction for about nine years," he said. "Prior to that I was in the military. Then I just recently changed my plans toward construction management."

After completing his CMT Associate in Applied Science degree, he plans to pursue a bachelor's degree from a university.

CMT Coordinator Jim Laing said he was proud of having Sinn as a student.

"I think in this case it's an example of a student that has been in the workforce that has found other opportunities to move from more hands on to more management in areas of construction," he said. "We have students that are experienced in construction when they get here. It makes for a very diverse student body."

Sinn said he was thrilled with the education he is receiving at SWIC.

"I like all the teachers," Sinn said. "It's good having teachers that actually come from the field they're teaching. It's what they actually do for a living. They have the background and everything else and they're more knowledgeable in it."

For more information about the SWIC Construction Management Technology program, call 618-931-6066, ext. 7476 or