I’m a non‐traditional student. That’s me and John Dillon in the photo, during the Career Booster at the Lyceum auditorium. I started my family at a very young age. I spent all of my time with them, getting them to an age where they didn’t have to depend on me as much. I started to work in retail once they were of age. In retail, I noticed that there was a lot of technology people didn’t understand, and my interest in computer technology grew. I start working as a tech support representative at a call center that was outsourced. The contract ran out, so I gained employment with another computer company as a configuration tech. Due to the economy, the company closed our department. After speaking with the EMCC advisors in Information System Technology, I knew that this was the program for me.
What I’m doing:
In class, we were not just lectured on computers and network equipment, we were the administrators. We learned hands‐on what to do, why to do it and when is it best place or time to implement it. We went to different companies to visit and see how new technology was incorporated. So we know what to expect in the field. After my first year, my instructors worked with me to obtain an internship at Weyerhaeuser in Columbus. It’s close to home and the company worked with my school schedule. I have worked at Weyerhaeuser for half of three semesters and all of a fourth.
With my degree, I plan to obtain a position at Weyerhaeuser as an Information System Technician. I will be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems at Mississippi University for Women. Because of what I have already accomplished at EMCC, I will be in a fast‐paced program, and I can finish my Bachelor’s Degree in 18 months.
What her instructor, Sandra Coleman, says:
Shea is a workhorse of a student! I am so pleased that she has had the opportunity to get a job in her field even before graduation. It has helped boost her self‐confidence and I hear a lot of great things about her from her employer.