What's next for the Class of 2017: Amanda Fendel

As Purdue Polytechnic’s May 2017 graduates move into their careers, we are profiling a few and finding out their future plans and how they arrived at this point in their lives.


Amanda FendelAmanda Fendel, New Haven, Indiana

Training Coordinator for Fast Enterprises in Denver, CO


Bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and in the Honors College

Job duties

Documenting and observing clients to assess their needs for training, helping to create training programs, and assisting in software training.

Purdue classes that helped Amanda prepare for her job

  • TLI 254 (Leading Change in Technology Organizations)
  • OLS 375 (Training Methods)
  • TLI 113 (Human Relations in Organizations)

Other ways the college and/or Purdue provided preparation and assistance

The experiences I have gotten from Purdue inside and outside the classroom have taught me lessons that I will be able to use at Fast Enterprises and for the rest of my career. My classes helped prepare me to work with a team and understand how people act when going through change.

When I studied abroad in Australia, I met people from all over the world and have become better at working with all types of people because of it. As a mentor for the Honors College, I worked with students to help them understand and solve problems. I will be doing the same with clients. 

As a member and serving on the executive boards for Women in Technology and Purdue University Dance Marathon (PUDM), I put my coursework into action with hands-on experience in time management and collaboration. PUDM also gave me the opportunity to teach other people how to use software and the most efficient way to use it.

My internship with General Motors in their HR department led to my interest in training and organizational development. 

Thanks go to:

  • My parents, Vince and Lori, for their love, support, and for teaching me that I could do anything I set my mind to. I could not have gotten this far without them.
  • My sister, Kayla, for always being there when I needed someone to talk to and for being the best sister I could have asked for.
  • Toni Munguia for coming into my life and becoming one of my favorite people at Purdue. Your support and mentorship these last 4 years have meant the world to me. You have always seen the best in me and have inspired me to be a better person every day. Also, thank you for sharing your delicious cooking.
  • Jim Russell for being a great professor, advice giver, and for helping me take care of all my honors requirements.
  • My friends, for late night talks, study sessions, cookie runs, listening, laughing, and being all around awesome. These last four years would not have been the exciting adventure that I will always remember it to be without them.


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