Rounding out the ITWorks programs this Fall, Delaware kicked-off their session after the Labor Day holiday. For the first time, the Wilmington class is being held in classroom space at the Delaware College of Art & Design as a result of an exciting new partnership! Despite this change, our students’ goals have remained the same – earning their CompTIA A+ certification, gaining experience in the field, and building their IT network. That’s why Jordan Brown, one of these new students, is here. Check out his story in this student spotlight.
ITWorks: Congrats, Jordan, on starting this new journey to a career in IT! I know you are excited about the opportunity, so technology must be a long-time interest of yours. How did it come to be such a big part of your life? Did you know that you wanted to make it your career?
Jordan: When I was a kid, I was always into video games and computers. I saw from a young age that technology was where the future was going, and I wanted to be part of it, but I didn’t know where I would fit in that field. I explored a variety of other fields and opportunities along the way. I studied elementary education at Del Tech, for example, but it wasn’t for me. I kept getting stressed out about making a decision regarding what I wanted to do for the rest of my life when I didn’t have a sense of what my calling really was.
ITW: We hear that quite often from our students, and it makes a lot of sense. No one wants to waste their time in education or employment if it’s not going to be fulfilling. So, what was the turning point that sold you on tech?
J: The turning point for me was when I heard about ITWorks and realized that there was real potential for me. My friend, Denzel, graduated from the program a few years ago. Seeing where he was before and after the program made this opportunity that much more tangible to me. He is happy and successful, and that is really motivating. It’s easy to second guess yourself and think maybe this isn’t the right path, but I know ITWorks is.
ITW: Denzel’s story is a powerful testimony! It’s great to hear that you are so confident in this opportunity. You must be, because you’re making some drastic changes to make it possible. I know you are originally from Delaware but have been living in Rhode Island and are returning to the area just for this. That’s not easy! What makes it all worth it?
J: It’s true, there are a lot of adjustments that need to be made. I decided to move to Rhode Island to support my fiancé, but it did take me away from my goals temporarily. Now it’s my time, and this is my opportunity. I have been wanting to return to education and training for quite some time, and now I get the chance to do that. And what’s the icing on the cake? It’s in technology which I am passionate about. Really that is all I need for it to be worth it. Everything else is going to be a bonus.
ITW: It’s so heartwarming to hear how invested you are in this even before getting started. This has the potential to be life-changing! What is going to be the greatest impact on your life after graduation?
J: The clarity and sense of direction is what is going to be the greatest impact on me. I already know that this is what I want to do, but I’ve been away from education for so long being focused on working and hustling and making money. But I’m ready for a career. This program is going to be the root system for whatever is next for me, and that’s kind of the most important part.
ITW: Strong roots are so important, especially here in Delaware where everyone seems to know everybody! Do you think ITWorks is important for the talent here in Wilmington?
J: Absolutely, it’s helping young people gain an edge. These programs offer the chance to explore a field while taking away the financial burden, the long-term time commitment, really anything. Aside from the stressors that came with a fast-paced program, you are removing everything else. ITWorks is allowing us to home in and focus on this content so we can better ourselves without distractions, and that doesn’t happen a lot of places.
Your future career is waiting for you, Jordan, and we are thrilled to help get you there! Be sure to check out the blog and our social media pages to stay updated on everything the ITWorks students in Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Delaware are doing. In just four short months, they’ll be graduating!