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Mike Carter
The challenge, endless opportunities, and social options are what make the University of Illinois an elite institution. In the College of ACES, faculty are dedicated to student success, and the small class sizes allow professors to connect individually with students.

Profile: Mike Carter

Alumni
Production Supervisor, Hormel Foods

As a production supervisor, Arlington Heights native Mike Carter says that he learns new things every day due to the fast nature and continual change of the environment he works in at Hormel Foods in Austin, Minnesota.

“My day-to-day responsibilities include serving as a direct supervisor of the packaging lines for numerous products including Hormel Pepperoni, Salami, and Di Lusso Genoa Salami.”

Mike, a recent graduate of agricultural and consumer economics, says the vast size and numerous moving parts of the food manufacturing facility make every day interesting.

He credits his experience in the ACE department and the College of ACES for helping him succeed. “The ability to listen, to have both short-term and long-term outlooks, and to exhibit charisma have allowed me to excel already in my short tenure at Hormel,” he says.

While in college, Mike was a director for ExplorACES, a co-director for iHelp, a member of the ACES Student Advancement Committee, the technology chair at FarmHouse Fraternity, and a member of Best Buddies. He also worked as a student supervisor with university dining services, a digital signage developer for the College of ACES ITCS department, and an intern for the ACES Alumni Association.

“My entire college experience created long-lasting memories,” Mike says. “I value how much responsibility was given to me as I learned how to truly balance myself and made some of my best friends along the way.”

Mike encourages students to take advantage of experiential learning experiences. His own work at the Leadership Center and with LeaderShape, for example, prepared him for success in a diverse workforce. In addition, the leadership, communications, and economic courses he took helped him understand how business functions and how to effectively approach different situations.

Mike believes without a doubt that his U of I experiences provided the optimal balance between academics, extracurricular opportunities, and social venues.

“Students receive a world-class education while learning how to balance many different demands with an expectation of success,” he says. “The challenge, endless opportunities, and social options are what make the University of Illinois an elite institution. In the College of ACES, faculty are dedicated to student success, and the small class sizes allow professors to connect individually with students."