I’ve spent much of my life doing a wide variety of tasks before I decided to work on computers. When I was a kid, I was a model that worked on ads for Ford and National Geographic, and I was in the movie Bicentennial Man. When I got older I hauled brush for an arborist company, and then switched over to washing dishes and making pizzas for the Boar’s Breath restaurant in Middletown. I moved down here and started going to Santa Rosa Junior College and working as an Easy Tech Associate at Staples.
Coming to Empire College for Information Technology has been a game changer for me. I had experience with Cisco technologies, basic hardware training, and some bare bones networking training, but Empire doesn’t just make you dive in head first, it pushes you off the diving board and into the deep end. Which has been great for me. I always found the best way to learn was getting out of my comfort zone. That is why I am in the Specialized Associate Degree program with Linux as my concentration. I currently hold the CompTIA A+ certification, the CompTIA Net+ certification, the CompTIA Linux+ certification, and the Linux Professional Institute Level 1 certification.
Empire College has worked out well for me, as right now I do my own IT side work which is helping pay the bills while I look towards a better, brighter future after graduation. In my free time you can find me working on my next novel, playing video games, or at the local pub enjoying a brew with friends. I like to say I’m a social nerd. I love being able to break the barrier of the “Quiet IT Student” stereotype. So if you see me in the halls don’t be afraid to say hello, ask advice, or just have a chat.