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Systems Technician Improves Critical Thinking and Finds Personal Fulfillment With Degree



Sep 15, 2014

Shawn Meriwether, a U.S. Army veteran, had a successful career working as a systems technician for Northrop Grumman, when he enrolled at the Dayton Area Campus in 2006 to fulfill his dream of earning a college degree.  He was temporarily side-tracked from his education, but the admissions staff at American National University urged him to return and he completed his associate’s degree in the office technology program this year.

Shawn feels that the skills gained in his degree program have been very beneficial in his work--from better composed emails, to a better understanding of management operations.  “A lot of the courses I had to take opened my eyes to a whole lot of things as far as leadership and professionalism [are concerned],” said Shawn.

In his work at Northup Grumman, Shawn analyzes data on multiple computer monitors throughout the day, and works to resolve any problems that he finds.  He feels his classes at National have improved the critical thinking skills that are vital to his job.  “College is basically learning to think through a process,” said Shawn.  “Then when I got back to work, I would sit down at the computer, and I would think about it more in depth--‘How can I resolve this?’  You develop a really strong thinking process.”

Most importantly, Shawn’s degree has given him a personal sense of fulfillment, as well as the confidence to launch his own auto fragrance business, Uncommon Scents. “It was always in my heart to prove to myself and nobody else that I could do this.  So basically, going back to school wasn’t for anyone else, it was for me,” said Shawn with a smile.

Shawn Meriwether, a graduate of the office technology program at the Dayton Area Campus,  has worked as a systems technician for Northrop Grumman for more than 16 years.

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tags: OH-Dayton Area Computer Technology: Office Technology Professional - Associate Degree (OTP)