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Heather Rane, Bellevue College

After working for 18 years in retail and eight years in banking, Heather Rane switched to information technology. It was the field she had always wanted to work in.

“I am excited for the possibilities that exist for me now and value my education,” she said.

At Bellevue Community College, Rane earned three certificates— Cisco support technician, Microsoft network support, and Microsoft technology—on her way to earning an associate degree in network administration in 2014.

“I was 100% supported by the grant services offered and particularly by the Career Advisors T.J. Bajwa and Amber Hisatake,” she said, adding that Bellevue faculty members also encouraged her.

“For me experiential learning is so much more effective than simply word, text, audio, and visual learning. Though I value a full range of learning tools, being able to apply what I have learned was invaluable,” she said.

"For me experiential learning is so much more effective than simply word, text, audio, and visual learning. Though I value a full range of learning tools, being able to apply what I have learned was invaluable."

Despite her initial uneasiness about beginning college at middle age, Rane progressed so well that Bellevue College hired her in 2013 as a computer lab assistant and a technology services support help desk staff member. In 2014 she was hired as a tutor and an assistant to the faculty chair.

As she prepared her resume for a full-time job search while working on her bachelor’s degree in system administration, Rane said, “I definitely have realized that I have learned a lot and been doing a lot since I started.”