Just like that, the ITWorks Fall 2018 session is coming to a close. The first class to graduate is Las Vegas. Rounding out the program by completing a 5-week internship, students are now equipped with the technical knowledge and hands-on experience to launch their tech careers. We caught up with one graduating student, Jerico, to learn more about his experience.
ITWorks: Wow! I cannot believe the last four months have flown by. Now, you are just a few days from graduating. Congratulations! Can you tell us a little bit about your internship experience as part of the program?
Jerico: I am doing my internship at the City of Las Vegas. I have been getting a lot of hands-on experience with Active Directory and remoting-in, and I am about to start working on a project where we are setting-up 300+ tablets which will be resources available for meeting spaces. The internship has definitely been able to help me put into practice what I learned in the ITWorks classroom. More than that, it’s also put the initiative on me to get the information I need to succeed. I find that I’m asking questions a lot! There is often a large pool of solutions for a user’s issue and being able to identify which one is going to fix the problem is tough, so it’s been helpful to get insight from my colleagues. I’ve even been staying late so I can learn as much as possible, and meeting with as many people as possible to learn what my future career path might look like.
ITW: It sure sounds like you are keeping busy and gaining a wealth of new knowledge from the team at the City! Let’s think about the program as a whole. What’s the biggest takeaway?
J: My biggest takeaway from the ITWorks program is the new perspective I have gained regarding what my future looks like. When I first heard about the program, I didn’t really have a clear path forward. After looking through the website and reading the student and alumni stories, I was really excited about finding a direction and having the same success. The support, enthusiasm, and knowledge from my teacher, fellow students, and the entire Tech Impact team have pushed me to this point. It feels good to say that I have accomplished something, and now I’m going to be able to call myself an ITWorks graduate! I’m more confident in myself now than I have ever been.
ITW: What an amazing transformation! It’s crazy to think that such a sharp shift in perspective can happen in such a short period of time. We just give you the resources, but it’s you that has made it happen, so all of our hats are off to you! I can tell that it’s definitely had an impact on your life. Would you agree?
J: Without a doubt! ITWorks helped me find a career path that I actually want to pursue. It presents a unique opportunity to get technical training and hands-on experience without having to go to college all the while building a vast network of tech professionals. Looking back, I would do it all over again! It has helped me achieve a level of stability, and it’s pushed me out of my comfort zone to do something constructive. It is SO worth it.
ITW: That’s what ITWorks is all about! Our students dedicate so much of their time and energy to this accelerated program, and I can only imagine how overwhelming it can be sometimes. But it sounds like the value in what you have gotten out of it goes far beyond that. I am so happy to hear that it’s been a positive adventure. So, any idea of what’s next for you?
J: Desktop support is definitely something that piques my interest right now. I had the opportunity to interface with some of the network and desktop teams at the City just today, and that was a lot of fun to learn more about. At this point, though, I want to keep the doors open! There are so many areas of IT. Security and networking both seem really interesting, but I know I’ll have to work up to that. The possibilities are endless.
They truly are, Jerico! Congratulations on graduating from the ITWorks program. We are so proud of all that you have accomplished, and to see what the future holds for you. One thing is for certain, it is going to be bright!