By Thomas W. Sylvester, P. E. and P. L. S.
A hearty Congratulations to Cody D. VanWinkle, our first graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Land Surveying and Geomatics.
Cody finished up the last of his course work in May 2019 to qualify for his degree. Like many of our students, Cody has worked his way through school. He whetted his whistle on surveying by working the summer of 2016 for the City of Grand Junction under the tutelage of Peter Krick, P. L. S., City Real Estate Specialist in charge of the City’s surveying. This experience intrigued him enough to seek an education in the profession.
He was able to get a Western Colorado Land Surveyors/ Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado, Inc. (WCLS/ PLSC) scholarship and attended the surveying program in Wyoming for his first semester in 2016. Because of questions on whether Wyoming’s program would meet Colorado’s requirements for licensure, he transferred back to Colorado attending Colorado Mesa University, initially majoring in business, until our Land Surveying and Geomatics program was started in the fall of 2017.
He jumped at the first opportunity to enter our AAS program at Western Colorado Community College, a division of Colorado Mesa University. He was awarded another joint WCLS/PLSC scholarship to help defray his ongoing educational expenses. While in school, Cody worked outside jobs to help meet his living and educational expenses.
Although not all of his jobs were in surveying, he was fortunate to land a position with the BLM Cadastral Survey for the summer of 2018, working under the direction of Sean Mullen, Cadastral Surveyor, surveying in the White River National Forest and other areas in Western and Southwestern Colorado.
In the spring of 2019, as he was finishing his last two requirements for his degree, Cody was hired as a survey intern by River City Consultants, an engineering and surveying company in the Grand Valley. He is now a Survey Technician working under Alec Thomas, P. L. S., CFedS, Survey Manager with River City Consultants. Alec is also the President of the Western Colorado Land Surveyors chapter of the PLSC.
Throughout his tenure at WCCC, Cody always demonstrated an excellent aptitude for the profession and pursued his studies with passion.
Please join me in welcoming Cody to our profession and encourage him as he gains his required levels of experience for LSI and ultimately for his PLS license.
Way To Go, Cody!!!