Marcus Chaplin spent eight years in the Army then chose Ranken Technical College and studied Industrial Engineering Technology (IET). He graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Associate Degree in Industrial Technology in May 2013. Marcus is a Senior Facilities Manager for W.W. Grainger, a worldwide industrial supply company. “Ranken helped hone my work ethic and helped me transition from the military to the civilian world. The dress code, student code and attendance policies were all very comforting, having lived a rigid military life. Ranken taught me the mechanical, electrical, and fabricating skills that I have used every day since my graduation both in my professional and personal life,” he says. “I wouldn’t be where I am today, overseeing a 1.3 million square foot facility and a team of 40, without the combination of leadership development and technical aptitude. [I’m] proud to be a veteran of this great nation and proud to be an alum of Ranken!”

Jeffrey Scott, former IET instructor and Ranken alum, explains “Marcus was a great student with a strong drive and work ethic. He was always the first to jump in on projects and volunteer for assignments. Marcus served in a student worker role that included prepping, teaching and mentoring other students.”

Steve Williams, Senior Manager of Facilities, DC Operations Excellence at Grainger, shared “Marcus exhibits great leadership ability, willingness to accept responsibility to develop his team, as a strong team makes a strong leader. While I’ve only had less than a year working with him, it’s apparent that he is eager to contribute to his local team, and the larger team within the organization, and supply his insight and experiences to benefit the whole.”

While at Ranken, Marcus served as Student Ambassador President and President of the Student Government Association. His favorite memory was being hired as an adjunct instructor and teaching continuing education classes in the evening. He says, “[It] launched my love for developing and investing in the success of those around me.” Marcus taught Mechanical Systems and welding classes as an adjunct instructor for Ranken from 2012-2013.

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