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Jason Stepanski can’t believe he’s already finished his two-year degree program. That doesn’t make him any different than most of his classmates. What sets the 23-year-old Detroit resident apart from most of his counterparts is that he already has a career in his field of study.

Stepanski earned an associate’s degree in applied science in concrete technology from the World Center for Concrete Technology (WCCT) through Alpena Community College (ACC) in Alpena, Mich. The large number of job opportunities—an average of five per student—available to concrete tech students, make them the envy of those in other programs whose prospects for immediate employment may not be as concrete.