Our CEO Parminder Jassal interviewed Amber Gunst during Community College Month in April 2021. Amber Gunst serves as the CEO of Austin Technology Council and attended Muskegon Community College. Austin Technology Council is the leading unifying voice of technology in Central Texas. Amber shared how she got to the CEO position and her views on why the community college is key feeder of tech talent.
Parminder: Hi Amber, at one point in your life you attended Muskegon Community College in Muskegon Michigan?
Amber : I did, I was the first person in my family to go to college. My parents both did not go to college. My dad worked in a factory and my mom was a secretary so they were able to provide us with a pretty good existence growing up, nice home and a good community. But being able to look at that college experience was incredibly important and that was all we could afford at the time, that was to go to the community college so I was very proud to be able to go and be the first person in my immediate family to attend college.
Parminder: It's cool that you started a tradition of community college going in your family?
Amber: My brother followed me, and then my older sister. She was delayed by many years. She started a family at a young age so she started her community college journey in her 30s and is actually now an assistant principal for an elementary school in Michigan.