Jequetta Smith Chestnut graduated with an Associate of Science in Architectural Technology in 2017. She is currently a piping designer for Roeslein and Associates, an engineering firm that provides complete solutions for project implementation by emphasizing a modular engineering strategy early in the project-planning process. Before joining Roeslein, Jequetta worked as an Architectural Associate for ArcVision, Inc.

Michael Walker, Architecture instructor,  tells us “JQ (Jequetta) was a great student who had such a wonderful and positive energy. She was always excited to learn as much as she could and would often enlighten me to the many things she knew and would learn. I have a good feeling that her passion, strong will, and optimism will take her far in life.”

Jequetta explains, “I had a summer internship that turned into my first job as a BIM (building information modeling) technician with Archimages, Inc. I connected with the firm at a Ranken Job fair. My Ranken education set me up for a career filled with success. I have had three different positions since graduating, and I was recruited for each one because of my Ranken degree. My husband, Derek Chestnut, attended Ranken’s Electrical System Design program. The institution means a lot to us, it completely changed our lives.”

One of Jequetta’s favorite Ranken memories was when she volunteered for a Summer Adventure Academy, a weeklong hands-on camp, for high schoolers. She worked with campers in the welding department and thought it was such a great program to expose kids to Ranken and the trades.  Jequetta served as a Student Ambassador while at Ranken and also held the positions of Secretary and later Vice President for Ranken’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter.

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