Extra Effort Means Promising Future for ISE Student
Aug 06, 2012
“It’s better late than never” is Jamar Vincent’s philosophy when it comes to his education. Jamar is enrolled in the information systems engineering (ISE) associate’s degree program at the Lynchburg Campus and dreams of owning his own business one day. He is on his way to making his dream a reality.
Jamar moved to Lynchburg with his family last year from Pennsylvania hoping to be able to raise his daughter in a better place. In Pennsylvania, Jamar led a crew of eight for an office building cleaning service contracted by a pharmaceutical company. Since moving to Lynchburg, he has been working through temp agencies doing labor jobs, such as flagging on the highway, but he quickly became too run down with this line of work. He decided it was time to go back to school to try to find a better way to support his family. “I thought now is the time to get it done so hopefully I can get my career started,” he said.
He lives close to the Lynchburg Campus and drove by it daily until he decided to stop in one day. Jamar has always liked working on computers and tinkering with them, so he set his sights on a career in computer networking, “But I wanted to make a career out of it, not just a job,” he explained. He is happy now that he is enrolled in the ISE program, citing the small classes, one-on-one availability of faculty, and instructors relating the material in a way that each student can understand as being the best features of the College.
Jamar’s wife is going to school too through an online program, and it has not always been easy for them to both be in school while raising their little girl. “My father back home keeps me motivated when I get down on myself,” Jamar says. “I was thinking about going back to work, but he said not to do anything to jeopardize my school work.”
Jamar hopes to complete an externship next year before he graduates, with a company that will help him get additional hands-on experience to bolster his résumé. He is already considering National’s online bachelor’s degree program. Director of the ISE program Pam Hooper knows Jamar will succeed at whatever he strives for. “Jamar is one of the first ISE students on the Lynchburg Campus to earn the CompTIA A+ certification,” says Pam. “He has a promising future in the IT field because he puts forth the effort needed to succeed.”
Computer Technology: Information Systems Engineering - Associate's Degree (ISE)