Network technician, City of Champaign
Major: Microcomputer Programming and Support, Network Administration
Class Year: 2001
Retired from the U.S. military and moving back to Illinois to care for a sick relative, Brenda decided she needed a degree to be competitive in the job market.
With previous hours of college credit under her belt but no degree, and military experience in telecommunications, she decided to transfer her credit hours to Parkland College to earn a computer science degree.
Maria Mobasseri, chair of Parkland's Computer Science and Information Technology department, was there to help Brenda each step of the way. “The hands-on training at Parkland was wonderful. Maria was always willing to come in early and always kept in touch. If they needed an intern, they would let me know.”
Taking evening classes, Brenda completed two Parkland computer science degrees: the AAS in Microcomputer Programming and Support and the AAS in Network Administration (2001). Because of her Parkland training, Brenda was hired by the City of Champaign, where she works as a network technician. She is also active in mentoring young students, especially minority women, to achieve their degrees and get good jobs.
These days, Brenda keeps updating her skills in computer science and is working on a BS degree at Eastern Illinois University.
“There’s never a dull moment in this field.”