Michael Dux Receives Distinguished Alumni Award from Southeast Community College
Michael Dux originally attended Southeast Community College (SCC; www.southeast.edu) to study agriculture, but ended up on a much different path. Michael is a 2000 graduate of SCC and is the College’s recipient of the 2018 Nebraska Community College Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Each of the five Nebraska community colleges selects a graduate for this honor. Michael received the award November 4 during the NCCA’s annual meeting in Norfolk.
After graduating from Fairbury High School in 1998, Dux came to SCC with the intention of taking agriculture classes and someday working on the family farm. He instead made a detour and studied chemical engineering after receiving his Associate of Science degree from SCC. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He then went on to receive his Master of Business Administration degree in project management from Colorado Technical University.
He credits his instructors at SCC’s Beatrice Campus for helping him realize that his heart was in the field of science all along. He says the small class sizes helped him get more one-on-one attention than he would’ve gotten at a bigger school.
Michael is now the director of technical operations in Sanford, NC. His team supports the clinical development of new vaccines, processing/cleaning validation, and the day-to-day support of the commercial products for Pfizer. While content in his current job, Michael has high aspirations for the future. He hopes to one day achieve an executive-level role at a major pharmaceutical corporation.
Southeast Community College offers more than 50 career and technical programs in Beatrice – (402) 228-3468; Lincoln – (402) 471-3333; and Milford – (402) 761-2131, as well as online. For more information, visit www.southeast.edu.