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The Architecture and Sustainability and Facility Management programs’ reputations for developing high-caliber graduates has resulted in a nearly 100% placement rate. Your future employers know you have been well prepared for professional life and that you will make valuable contributions to the organizations that are in your future.

Damon Gonzales

Vice President for Facilities Management, Davenport University

AAS Architectural Technology, 2003
BS Facility Management, 2003

Damon Gonzales is a 2003 graduate of Ferris State’s Facility Management program, and now he is Vice President for Facilities Management at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI.

“My driver for selecting Ferris was its focus on degrees that translated into jobs. I wanted to enter the field of my interest as soon as I completed my education. Ferris offered that through their Architecture and Facilities Management programs. Ferris provided a great baseline of industry knowledge and also management and interpersonal skills, which all prepared me to enter and contribute in the workforce from day one.”

Damon’s VP duties include overseeing all facility-related activities on Davenport’s campuses. He has successfully managed the construction of the 58,000-square-foot Donald W. Maine College of Business Building as well as increasing Davenport’s residential hall portfolio.

But for a person comfortable with the demands of executive leadership, it was Ferris’ close-knit community and small class sizes that appealed to Damon. “I was never in a 100-plus-student lecture classes. I was able to progress through my degree with a consistent cohort of 15 to 20 students who learned and developed together. I now commonly interact and run into some of these cohorts out in the working world, which is great.”

My driver for selecting Ferris was its focus on degrees that translated into jobs.