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Janet Hoskin (B.A. 1989)


Graduation was my ticket out of poverty. I began college as a single mother living below the poverty level.

After graduation, I worked at Hawkins Chemical. Leveraging my degree, I gained experience and professionalism and I now earn more than $100K/year. I am married with two kids. My son graduated from U of M with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and my daughter just came out of the Army. I also have one grandchild. We spend time at our cabin up north gardening and being with our cat and dog. I work as a supplier development engineer with Chassis Component Suppliers for Polaris ATV's, R&R's, Rangers, Slingshot, Victory and Indian Motorcycles. I extensively use Lean and Six Sigma Tools as well as statistics every day. In my undergraduate education, I truly learned the most in the physics labs.