Alumni Spotlight Archive
Kevin Kraujalis, 1987 Triton graduate, Associate of Arts
Meteorologist/Assistant Forecaster for the National Weather Service in Duluth, Minnesota.
Following Triton College, I received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Meteorology at Northern Illinois University in 2003. From 1997 to 2006, I worked as a Certified Weather Observer at Midwest Weather, Inc., followed by a research associate for the EPA for a year and a meteorologist for Great Lakes Weather Service, LLC from 2007 to 2008.
In July 2010, I received recognition from the National Weather Service for doing an excellent job increasing the climatic knowledge inside and outside the office as the climate focal point. I also received recognition from the National Weather Service for leadership and outstanding customer service, as well as for providing a large amount of weather information to the media and the local public, in June 2009 and 2010, respectively.
What would you describe as your strong suit?
Giving of my free time to help others. Plus, I work well with others.
What have been some obstacles you've had to overcome in pursuit of your educational and career goals?
One of the biggest obstacles was being a single parent, working full time and pursing my meteorology degree, all at once. Currently, the obstacle has been working away from home and being away from my family and friends.
What has served as a source of inspiration both in your career and in your life?
Seeing people enjoy what they do for a living. Before I started my career in meteorology, I worked at other jobs that I didn’t particularly like. I did not want to get out of bed and go to work. I had little motivation to do my job well. That’s when I knew it was time to get serious about a career change and finish my schooling for meteorology.
How has Triton College impacted your life?
Triton greatly improved my self-confidence that I needed to succeed in life. It brought me a step closer in attaining my goal on acquiring a higher education.
What advice would you give to someone who would like to pursue a career in your field?
Take as many math and physics courses as possible. Weather is a 24-7 job. You will need to work rotating shifts and holidays. If your passion is strong enough, it will eventually overcome other obstacles. Never give up. Surround yourself with smart co-workers.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Watch movies and follow the weather.
What are your plans for the future?
My future plan is to become a general forecaster in the Chicago area.